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From “Home” to “Second Home”: Emotional Dilemmas on Norwegian Smallholdings

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This paper examines emotional dilemmas occurring when Norwegian smallholdings are converted from permanent to second homes. These are properties that might have been in the family for generations as permanent homes, and which successors often feel obliged to take over and maintain by having them as second homes. Second homes are usually associated with “leisure and pleasure”, a retreat to “recharge the batteries”. However, this paper argues that having a smallholding which used to be your permanent home as a second home might involve emotional dilemmas, and it discusses relations between on the one hand, aspects of idyll and comfort and on the other hand, aspects of duty and responsibility. Further, the paper examines how emotional and social property relations influence how smallholdings as second homes become enacted.

Keywords: Norway; Second homes; emotions; property enactment; smallholdings

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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