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Place perceptions and controversies over forest management: Exploring a Swedish example

Lindahl, Karin Beland, Baker, Susan Catherine and Waldenstrom, Cecilia 2013. Place perceptions and controversies over forest management: Exploring a Swedish example. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 15 (2) , pp. 201-223. 10.1080/1523908X.2012.753316

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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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Uncontrolled Keywords: place perceptions, forest conflicts, frame analysis, interpretive policy analysis
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1523-908X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47803

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