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Negotiating responsible forestry: forest owners’ understanding of responsibility for multiple forest values
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Environmental Sociology Section)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
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.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 4, no 3, p. 358-369
Keywords [en]
Forest policy, forest values, governmentality, responsibility, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63311DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2017.1414659ISI: 000437001300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63311DiVA, id: diva2:1164842
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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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

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