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Forest management and governance in Sweden

a phronetic analysis of social practices

Wallin, Ida (2017). Forest management and governance in Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2017:15
ISBN 978-91-576-8803-3
eISBN 978-91-576-8804-0
[Doctoral thesis]

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The transition to a sustainable society requires improved knowledge about what determines forest management and the relationship to governance and policies. This thesis constitutes a phronetic analysis of social practices in forest management at the local level and of how social practices materialise and influence forest governance and ultimately, forest management more broadly. Social practices are used as the object of study in the synthesising analysis of empirical findings in Papers I-IV. In doing so, tension-points have been identified and problematized. The research has applied a case study approach from local to national and European levels.

Identified social practices, relevant for determining actual forest management are mainly: personal relationships and trust towards professional forest advisors and purchasers; upholding and respecting local social values through discussing forest management with neighbours; intergenerational socialisation in relation to one’s own forest creating emotional bonds with the forest and across generations; and a rural life-style including hard work and diverse businesses.

The identified tension-points include: i) two partially competing logics of practice: the traditional versus the professional logic where the latter is perceived by the former as a threat to local social values and, ii) a tendency of local social practices to streamline rather than to diversify forest management. From a policy-making perspective, trying to balance the different services from the forest, ways to address both logics of practice and the diversification of social practices should be explored. Especially, trusted advisors are a major factor determining forest management and policy outcomes. Current evolving practices of outreach strategies towards forest owners that decrease personal contact run the risk of eroding valuable social capital.

Participatory and collaborative forest governance efforts could build on the strong social capital and willingness to cooperate found at the local level. Power structures embedded between governance levels and among local stakeholders should, however, not be underestimated and more research into the pre-conditions for collaboration is needed. Social practices as the object of study provides a promising path for future studies in order to find effective policy solutions.

Authors/Creators:Wallin, Ida
Title:Forest management and governance in Sweden
Subtitle:a phronetic analysis of social practices
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2017
Depositing date:24 January 2017
Number of Pages:117
IWallin, I. Rural realities between policy goals, market forces and natural disasters – a narrative of local forest management in Southern Sweden. (manuscript)
IIGuillén, L. A., Wallin, I. and Brukas, V. (2015) ‘Social capital in small-scale forestry: A local case study in Southern Sweden’, Forest Policy and Economics, 53, pp. 21–28. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2014.12.006
IIIHoogstra-Klein, M., Brukas, V., & Wallin, I., Multiple-use forestry as a boundary object: from a shared ideal to multiple-realities. (submitted)
IVWallin, I., Carlsson, J. and Peter, H. (2016) ‘Envisioning future forested landscapes in Sweden – Revealing local-national discrepancies through participatory action research’, Forest Policy and Economics, 73, pp. 25–40. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2016.07.010
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8803-3
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8804-0
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(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 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Agrovoc terms:forests, forest management, forest policies, governance, ownership, social participation, sustainability, multiple use forestry, sweden
Keywords:multi-level governance, forest policy, forest ownership, forest planning, phronesis, participatory action research, boundary object, social capital
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ID Code:13995
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
External funders:EU FP7
Deposited By: MSc Ida Wallin
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 11:34
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41
Project info:
Name:Future-oriented integrated management of European forest landscapes

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