Place Perceptions and Controversies over Forest Management: Exploring a Swedish Example

Beland Lindahl, Karin and Baker, Susan and Waldenström, Cecilia (2013) Place Perceptions and Controversies over Forest Management: Exploring a Swedish Example. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 15 (2). pp. 201-223. ISSN 1523-908X

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Abstract

This article explores the role of place perceptions in controversies over forest management. A neo-Durkheimian approach to frame analysis is used to explore actors' perceptions of places, forests and policy. This is combined with an examination of actors' varying capacity to influence policy-making using an interpretive policy analysis framework. Empirically, the analysis investigates a controversy over natural resource management in Jokkmokk municipality, northern Sweden. The research draws upon qualitative data collected from a variety of state, economic and social actors. It shows how a systematic analysis of place-related frames can elucidate the policy-making process. It demonstrates how conflicting place meanings divide actors, their frames and interpretive communities. However, social organization and loyalties are also important in shaping actions. The analytical framework offers a sociologically based approach to exploring the role of place perceptions in natural resource politics. It facilitates in-depth understanding of policy-making and may thus contribute to strengthening efforts to manage conflicts and to develop equitable governance systems for natural resource management.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Värdekonflikter
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Styrningsmodeller för skogsbruk
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:29
URI: https://ffpdb.slu.se/id/eprint/4042

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