In this paper we explore in which ways and to what extent Swedish visitor centres in protected sites work as forums for public deliberation on environmental issues, such as nature conservation and natural resource management. By hosting deliberations on nature in nature the deliberation process is connected to its materiality. Nature interpretation sessions at three such centres, called naturum, were analysed to achieve a picture that displays the range of content and formats of these guided tours. To explore their deliberative democratic potential, we also examine how these nature interpretation sessions relate to societal and democratic issues in different ways. The conclusions are that naturum has an underdeveloped capacity to serve as a communicative forum for public deliberation on the environment and that the new national guidelines for naturum may contribute to renewed roles of the guide and the visitor in interpretive sessions, in which the citizen will be in focus.
Sweden, interpretation, environment, nature, public sphere, democracy, Deliberation
How to Cite
Caselunghe E. & Bergeå H. & von Essen E., (2019) “Public Spheres for Deliberation on Nature? Democratic Qualities of Visitor Centres in Sweden”, Journal of Public Deliberation 15(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.316