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Olausson, U. & Uggla, Y. (2019). Celebrities celebrifying nature: the discursive construction of the human-nature relationship in the ‘Nature Is Speaking’ campaign. Celebrity Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Celebrities celebrifying nature: the discursive construction of the human-nature relationship in the ‘Nature Is Speaking’ campaign
2019 (English)In: Celebrity Studies, ISSN 1939-2397, E-ISSN 1939-2400Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The nature conservation movement frequently relies on the lustre of celebrity personae to reach out with its message. As role models, celebrities exercise invisible power by representing certain norms and ideas while themselves being subordinate to social structures and discourses. Examining the case of Conservation International’s campaign, Nature Is Speaking, and guided by the methodological framework of multimodal critical discourse analysis, this study examines how celebrities, in alliance with the conservation movement, (re)produce certain ideas about nature and the human-nature relationship when discursively ‘celebrifying’ nature – turning nature into a ‘celebrity by association’ – by lending their celebrity properties to nature as represented in the campaign. The study identifies three ways of representing nature that the celebrification of nature produces in the campaign: nature as (1) eternal and magnificent, (2) caring and providing, and (3) mighty but delicate. Together these representations constitute a discourse that reproduces certain naturalised values and worldviews connected to the human-nature relationship. The paper concludes that the diversification of celebrity into new fields such as the natural is constitutive of the overall celebritisation of society, and it discusses the implications of the celebrification of nature in terms of reproduction of the human-nature dichotomy and obscuration of the structural aspects of environmental degradation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Environmental communication; multimodal critical discourse analysis; celebrity; nature conservation; nature representations
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74761 (URN)10.1080/19392397.2019.1626749 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, K. M., Löfmarck, E., Salmonsson, L. & Uggla, Y. (2019). Skrivutveckling i stora studentgrupper: Erfarenheter från ett pedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt. Örebro: niversity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Skrivutveckling i stora studentgrupper: Erfarenheter från ett pedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report presents the results from a pedagogical project focusing students’ writing in higher education. Literature in this field conclude that student writing should be integrated in teaching of the subject with a plan for progression. Teachers’ and students’ experience indicate that students write a lot during their education, but only occasionally get concrete feedback on the writing as such. Focus groups with students showed that students found it difficult to write distinct and to differentiate between text genres. The teachers reported lack of ”tools” to help the students to improve their writing. The report suggest a model for the work with students writing based on goal setting; inventory; identifying problem areas; prioritizing; implementation; and follow-up and revision.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: niversity, 2019. p. 30
Series
Arbetsrapporter från Högskolepedagogiskt centrum ; 1
Keywords
Academic writing, student writing, higher education, pedagogical development
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76308 (URN)978-91-87789-24-3 (ISBN)
Note

Redaktion: Henric Bagerius och Sverre Wide.

Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-12 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y., Lidskog, R. & Boström, M. (2019). Var går gränsen för det rimliga?: Förhandlingar om vardagsliv och miljöansvar. In: Jenny Alsarve och Erik Löfmarck (Ed.), Samhälle i förhandling: Villkor, processer, konsekvenser (pp. 152-166). Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Var går gränsen för det rimliga?: Förhandlingar om vardagsliv och miljöansvar
2019 (Swedish)In: Samhälle i förhandling: Villkor, processer, konsekvenser / [ed] Jenny Alsarve och Erik Löfmarck, Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2019, p. 152-166Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76401 (URN)978-91-87789-21-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-13 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y. & Boström, M. (2018). Ambivalence in environmental representation: A theoretical contribution. Sociologisk forskning, 55(4), 447-465
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ambivalence in environmental representation: A theoretical contribution
2018 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 4, p. 447-465Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we examine the phenomenon of representation through the theoretical lens of ambivalence, concentrating on the people involved in representation: representatives. We argue that the theoretical concept of ambivalence can be helpful in analysing and understanding the various tensions environmental and other representatives encounter in their practice. Based on the concepts of “sociological ambivalence”, “ideological dilemma”, and “the organizational centaur”, as well as on insights from social studies of science and sustainability studies, the paper develops a typology of three potential sources of ambivalence: role conflicts, value conflicts, and conflicts between goals and means. In addition, the paper identifies various ways of coping with ambivalence, including the construction of meta-norms, organizational and network support, pragmatism, drawing boundaries for reasonable and acceptable actions, rule bending and discursive negotiation. The paper concludes that the concept of ambivalence adds crucial insights to the positions, practices, and challenges of environmental representatives and notes that ambivalence is not only a matter of tensions and conflicts but can be a source of reflexivity, learning, and agency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Annelöv, Sweden: Sveriges sociologförbund, 2018
Keywords
Representatives, coping, environment, organization, dilemma, sustainability, uncertainty
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71713 (URN)000456441400002 ()
Available from: 2019-01-23 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Andersson, E., Berg, M., Gustafsson, K. M., Gustavsson, E., Hysing, E., . . . Öhman, J. (2018). Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach. Sustainability, 10(12), Article ID 4479.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4479Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a theoretical approach to understand conditions and constraints for societal change towards sustainable development. In order to break with unsustainable norms, habits, practices, and structures, there is a need for learning for transformation, not only adaption. Based on a critical literature review within the field of learning for sustainable development, our approach is a development of the concept of transformative learning, by integrating three additional dimensions—Institutional Structures, Social Practices, and Conflict Perspectives. This approach acknowledges conflicts on macro, meso, and micro levels, as well as structural and cultural constraints. It contends that transformative learning is processual, interactional, long-term, and cumbersome. It takes place within existing institutions and social practices, while also transcending them. The article adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective that acknowledges the importance of transformative learning in order for communities, organizations, and individuals to be able to deal with global sustainability problems, acknowledging the societal and personal conflicts involved in such transformation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
conflict, institutional, learning, social change, social practice, structure, transformative
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70403 (URN)10.3390/su10124479 (DOI)000455338100145 ()2-s2.0-85057440663 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Uggla, Y. & Hansson, V. (2018). Environmental representatives: whom, what, and how are they representing?. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 20(1), 114-127
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental representatives: whom, what, and how are they representing?
2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 114-127Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Literature on environment and representation in politics, management, and deliberation has paid little attention on the people involved: environmental representatives. The aim of this paper is to illuminate how environmental representatives in various organizational and professional contexts understand their role as representatives, and how they are shaped by their contexts. The paper argues that it is crucial to learn about the everyday reality of individual representatives to better understand the limitations and possibilities they face. The study is based on 19 interviews with environmental representatives from five organizational and professional contexts: the state, civil society, business, science, and media in Sweden. The paper concludes that some differences in experiences, for example, in freedom and constraint, can be understood in relation to the representatives’organizational and professional affiliation. Other experiences are common: (i) all categories stated the importance of being impartial and well read; (ii) complex layers of affiliation imply that representation requires sensitivity and adjustment between different situations; and (iii) the performative aspects of representation include the representatives’claims-making, others’attributions, and long-term learning of their role. The article contributes an understanding of organizational conditions and the often paradoxical, layered, multifaceted, and cautious representation these individual actors perform.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Environment; organization; profession; representation; representatives; role
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63810 (URN)10.1080/1523908X.2017.1332522 (DOI)000427056700008 ()2-s2.0-85019758213 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y. (2018). Framing and visualising biodiversity in EU policy. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 15(1), 103-122
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framing and visualising biodiversity in EU policy
2018 (English)In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, E-ISSN 1943-8168, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 103-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study seeks insights into how biodiversity is framed and visualised in EU policy. The paper presents analysis of both the visual content and written text of two brochures summarising two central EU biodiversity policy documents. The study illustrates how the two modes of communication differ. First, the written text primarily presents an anthropocentric and economic framing of biodiversity values, whereas the visual material generally features the beauty and wonders of nature. Second, the written text strongly emphasises the threats to biodiversity and the detrimental side of human activity, whereas the visual material generally shows close relationships between humans and nature, with humans engaged in small-scale outdoor activities. The analysis illustrates how various representations of biodiversity intersect in the same context, and that the visual representation decontextualises the issue of biodiversity loss from the human exploitation of natural resources and the concrete actions and processes causing it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Biodiversity, EU policy, nature, representations, visualisation
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66780 (URN)10.1080/1943815X.2018.1455714 (DOI)000430940300001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council FormasMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchSwedish Research Council Formas
Note

Funding Agency:

Stiftelsen for Miljöstrategisk Forskning 

Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-05-14Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y. (2018). Negotiating responsible forestry: forest owners’ understanding of responsibility for multiple forest values. Environmental Sociology, 4(3), 358-369
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating responsible forestry: forest owners’ understanding of responsibility for multiple forest values
2018 (English)In: Environmental Sociology, ISSN 2325-1042, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 358-369Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The governance trend toward decentralization, which implies transfer of responsibility to market actors to voluntarily respond to socio-environmental issues, is evident in forest policy. Parallel to this trend, mandatory environmental legislation circumscribes forest owners’ scope of action. Drawing on the example of Sweden and based on qualitative interviews, this study examined how non-industrial private forest owners understand and construct their responsibility for multiple forest values in an ambiguous policy situation. By juxtaposition of the concepts of governmentality and discursive negotiation of responsibility, the study contributes insights into not only how people are governed but also how they express dissent or resistance. The results of this study clearly elucidate that individuals are never fully controlled by discourse and that responsibilization of individual forest owners cannot guarantee a certain outcome. Additionally, the study contributes some insights into the predicament of being simultaneously addressed as an autonomous, capable actor and subject to direction and mandatory rules.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Forest policy, forest values, governmentality, responsibility, Sweden
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63311 (URN)10.1080/23251042.2017.1414659 (DOI)000437001300006 ()
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Note

Funding Agencies:

Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk)  

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)  

Umeå University 

Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-07-25Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Lidskog, R. & Uggla, Y. (2017). A reflexive look at reflexivity in environmental sociology. Environmental Sociology, 3(1), 6-16, Article ID .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A reflexive look at reflexivity in environmental sociology
2017 (English)In: Environmental Sociology, ISSN 2325-1042, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 6-16, article id Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reflexivity is a central concept in environmental sociology, as in environmental social science in general. The concept is often connected to topics such as modernity, governance, expertise, and consumption. Reflexivity is presented as a means for taking constructive steps towards sustainability as it recognizes complexity, uncertainty, dilemmas, and ambivalence. Critical discussion of the conceptual meaning and usage of reflexivity is therefore needed. Is it a useful theoretical concept for understanding various sustainability issues? Is ‘more reflexivity’ relevant and useful advice that environmental sociologists can give in communicating with other disciplines, policymakers, and practitioners? This article explores the conceptual meaning of reflexivity and assesses its relevance for environmental sociology. In particular, it reviews its usages in three research fields; expertise, governance, and citizen-consumers. The paper furthermore discusses the spatial and temporal boundaries of reflexivity. It concludes by discussing how the concept can be a useful analytical concept in environmental sociology, at the same time as it warns against an exaggerated and unreflexive use of the concept.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Reflexivity, environmental governance, expertise, citizen, consumer
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54286 (URN)10.1080/23251042.2016.1237336 (DOI)2-s2.0-85041409001 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-01-05 Created: 2017-01-05 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Lidskog, R., Löfmarck, E. & Uggla, Y. (2017). Forestry and the environment: Tensions in a transforming modernity. Sociologisk forskning, 54(4), 283-286
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forestry and the environment: Tensions in a transforming modernity
2017 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 283-286Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is often described as an environmental forerunner and one of the most ecologically modernized countries in the world, one where social welfare, economic growth and environmental protection mutually support each other. Examining the case of Swedish forestry, we discuss a number of tensions in this sector that mirror some general tensions in Swedish society and explore how these tensions can be understood as part of a transforming modernity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sweden: Swedish Sociological Association, 2017
Keywords
Ecological modernization, second modernity, Swedish forestry
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63889 (URN)000419291200004 ()
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2020-01-30Bibliographically approved
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