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Managing impressions and forests

the importance of role confusion in co-creation of a natural resource conflict

Ångman, Elin and Hallgren, Lars and Nordström, Eva-Maria (2011). Managing impressions and forests. Society & natural resources. 24 , 1335-1344
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2011.558172


Social interaction is an important—and often forgotten—aspect of conflicts in natural resource management (NRM). Building on the theoretical framework of symbolic interaction, this article explores how the concept of impression management during social interaction can help understand NRM conflicts. A qualitative study was carried out on a Swedish case involving a conflict over clear-cutting of a forest. To explain why the conflict escalated and destructivity increased, we investigated how the involved actors interpreted each other’s actions. For an individual, role confusion occurs when a particular interaction creates a conflict between the presented self and the self expected from the social situation (Goffman 1956). The analysis shows that actors could not use
their established social arenas to address dissatisfaction due to the fear of role confusion. Instead, they avoided informal face-to-face meetings and changed the conditions of the social situation to avoid role confusion.

Authors/Creators:Ångman, Elin and Hallgren, Lars and Nordström, Eva-Maria
Title:Managing impressions and forests
Subtitle:the importance of role confusion in co-creation of a natural resource conflict
Series Name/Journal:Society & natural resources
Year of publishing :7 November 2011
Page range:1335-1344
Publisher:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Additional Information:Denna artikel har en embargotid på 18 månader från publicering den 7 nov 2011, därför kryssade jag i att den här publiceringen är endast för bibliotekets personal. Den här artikeln ingår i min avhandling Feelings and Feelings, ActaUaS 2012:12
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS > Human communication
Keywords:embarrassment, Erving Goffman, forest management, natural resource conflict, natural resource mangement, roles, social interaction, symbolic interaction
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Type of IDID
ID Code:8595
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
External funders:Skogssällskapet
Deposited By: Elin Angman
Deposited On:15 Feb 2012 12:55
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:48

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