Festive environmentalism: A carnivalesque reading of eco-voluntourism at the Roskilde Festival

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Abstract

Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of the carnivalesque is applied here to a case study of eco-voluntourism at the Roskilde Festival, an international culture and music event held in Denmark. In the literature on popular forms of environmentalism a dichotomy between engaging and educating about the political ecology of environmental issues through empathy and affect versus fun and entertainment, is often drawn. We argue that the carnivalesque enables festivals to move beyond this dichotomy by implicitly acknowledging a mind-body tension (against a fixed binary), as embedded in Western culture, and by offering a venue for both to be stimulated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Ecology of Tourism : Community, power and the environment
EditorsMary Mostafanezhad, Roger Norum, Eric J. Shelton, Anna Thompson-Carr
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date14 Jan 2016
Pages108-127
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)9781138859449
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2016

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Olwig, M. F., & Christiansen, L. B. (2016). Festive environmentalism: A carnivalesque reading of eco-voluntourism at the Roskilde Festival. In M. Mostafanezhad, R. Norum, E. J. Shelton, & A. Thompson-Carr (Eds.), Political Ecology of Tourism: Community, power and the environment (pp. 108-127). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315717227