"Born with skis on your feet" - or becoming Norwegian?
Nilsen, Randi Dyblie
Norwegian Centre for Child Research Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway
In Norway, (cross-country) skiing is framed by notions that are taken for granted and interwoven with discourses of Nature and out-door life (?friluftsliv?). ?Born with skis on your feet? is an expression that underscores the significance of skiing as a marker of national identity. From about 2-3 years of age many children start to ski both in contexts of family and day-care centres. This paper presents an analysis of data from field-work at a day-care centre in a multiethnic neighbourhood. Both minority ? majority relations, intra- and inter-generational relations are focused on. I will explore how diverse subject-positions are created within practices connected to skiing and outings ?in Nature?. By elaborating on situations in daily life where relations between children and adults intersect with (ethnic) diversity, processes of cultural (re)production will be illuminated. This paper is conceptually grounded in the Sociology of childhood, and further explores the theoretical assumptions of constructing identities and doing ethnicities.