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Liveability and ecological land use

the challenge of localisation

Vergunst, Petra (2003). Liveability and ecological land use. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria, 1401-6249 ; 373
ISBN 91-576-6406-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The purpose of this dissertation was to explore ways to transcend the current negative impact of rationalisation in the agricultural sector that has taken place during the last five decades. Rationalisation has been part of the process of globalisation, which induced environmental degradation and a decrease of liveability in rural areas in Sweden. Globalisation has caused the disembeddedness of people from their local environment. As a result, people no longer perceive feedback from that part of the non-human environment that is affected by their action. Moreover, global society has become increasingly vulnerable to crises as the redundancy of numerous relatively self-sufficient systems gradually disappeared. To examine the interface between the human and non-human environment, an interdisciplinary research approach has been adopted. Participatory research has been complemented with an interview study and questionnaire survey. I have chosen to explore the role of the non-human environment in liveability and the potential consequences of this for the scientific discussion of ecological land use. Liveability comprises of (the interrelationships between) five variables: local inhabitants, community life, service level, local economy and physical place. Social activities generate a sense-of-community and reinforce the local stock of social capital, an important driving force behind the local economy. In order to understand the role of the non-human environment in liveability, the relationship between physical place and the other variables has been investigated. A shift has been perceived from an emphasis on the production value of the local, non-human environment to a perception of this environment in experiential terms. For the scientific discussion of ecological land use this might imply that a certain degree of local self-reliance and self-sufficiency could both induce liveability and re-establish feedback relationships that allow for the adaptive management of the non-human and human environment. This learning approach to ecological land use, facilitated by a certain degree of re-localisation of decision making and resource use, is considered to be one alternative for obtaining liveability and a more ecologically sound land use.

Authors/Creators:Vergunst, Petra
Title:Liveability and ecological land use
Subtitle:the challenge of localisation
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria
Year of publishing :February 2003
Number of Pages:64
ALLI. Vergunst, P. J. B. (2002), `The potentials and limitations of self-reliance and self-sufficiency at the local level: views from Southern Sweden', Local Environment 7(2), 149-161. II. Vergunst, P. J. B. (2002), `Liveability: community life and local economy in two Swedish villages', Journal of Rural Studies. Submitted. III. Vergunst, P. J. B. (2002), `Dealing with relations between culture and nature at grassroots level - the case of the metaphor open landscape', Sociologia Ruralis. Submitted. IV. Vergunst, P. J. B. (2002), `The life-supporting environment and human wellbeing: physical, economic and psychological dependence', Ecological Economics. Submitted.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6406-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:agricultural sector, agricultural development, rationalization, rapid rural appraisal, rural areas, rural communities, land use, environmental degradation, social values, sweden
Keywords:local development, sense-of-community, social capital, sense-of-place, polycentric governance systems, participatory rural appraisal, social constructionism, Linderödsåsen, Sweden
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ID Code:154
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landsbygdsutveckling (fr.o.m. 960901)
Deposited By: Petra Vergunst
Deposited On:17 Feb 2003 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:01

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