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Participate for women’s sake?

a gender analysis of a Swedish collaborative environmental management project

Westberg, Lotten and Powell, Stina (2015). Participate for women’s sake? Society & natural resources. 28 :11 , 1233-1248
[Research article]

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2015.1014594


Collaborative approaches have become increasingly evident in policies governing environmental management. However, realizing these approaches has proven to be challenging. In this article we discuss why this is the case by using a gender-theoretical lens. By attending to prevailing norms of masculinity and femininity within Swedish environmental agencies, we gain understanding about what implications these norms have for working collaboratively. Our findings suggest that these organizations are gendered, leaving women administrators with lower status tasks, not in line with the traditional scientific expert roles valued in these organizations. The gender of administrators are thus both a cause and effect: The status of collaborative projects is low in the natural resource management organization, which leads to administrators having low status getting appointed these projects, which in turn reproduces the view of these projects as less important. Our findings contribute to the discussion on problems of realizing collaborative environmental policies.

Authors/Creators:Westberg, Lotten and Powell, Stina
Title:Participate for women’s sake?
Subtitle:a gender analysis of a Swedish collaborative environmental management project
Series Name/Journal:Society & natural resources
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:7 December 2015
Page range:1233-1248
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:D Administration and legislation > D10 Public administration
P Natural resources > P05 Energy resources management
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Agrovoc terms:environmental policies, cooperation, gender analysis
Keywords:environmental communication, environmental sociology, social theory, Europe, gender, integrated coastal zone management, multimethod approaches, natural resources-environmental sociology, qualitative analysis, participatory approaches
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Web of Science (WoS)000363701000006
ID Code:12867
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2015 07:46
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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