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Forest social values: the case of Dalasjö, Sweden

Lidestav, Gun and Bergsten, Sabina and Keskitalo, Carina and Linck, Lisa (2020). Forest social values: the case of Dalasjö, Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 35 , 177-185
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Forest social values has been put forward as an umbrella term for a new and less material relationship between people and the forested landscape, a relationship that more recently has become a policy issue. In this case study we explore how forest-related values are conceptualised in the case of Dalasjo, in Vilhelmina, Sweden, where a recent process involving determining protection for social values took place in relation to, and simultaneous with, governmental considerations regarding the application of a social values concept. By means of focus group and key informant interviews, the study demonstrates that forest social values are not only about forest per se, or even the physical and user values per se. Further, the diverse but still general understanding of forest social values on a policy level is demonstrated. This stands in contrast to the specific and place-based understanding of the local community, emanating from both individual and collective experiences. Thus, it is concluded that a policy use of social values terms, which may be difficult to identify from the outside, makes the definition of values in specific land use conflicts more complex rather than offering a possibility to immediately provide clear basis for planning tools.

Authors/Creators:Lidestav, Gun and Bergsten, Sabina and Keskitalo, Carina and Linck, Lisa
Title:Forest social values: the case of Dalasjö, Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:177-185
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:Focus group interviews, place, policy processes
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Web of Science (WoS)000532023600001
ID Code:17269
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Deposited On:19 Aug 2020 06:43
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:26

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