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Forest Beliefs in an Urbanizing World: Views on and Usage of Forest Areas Among Persons with and Without a Migration Biography in Germany and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Universität Leipzig.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2017 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 30, no 2, 160-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies have shown that environmental values of inhabitants of urban areas differ to some extent from those of people living in rural contexts. In the light of increasing urbanization, it is sometimes argued that these differences are becoming even greater, as people are becoming more and more alienated from nature. In the context of a larger survey study on beliefs about forests and forest management among the general public in Germany and Sweden, the influences of people’s migration biographies on their patterns of forest usage, their environmental concerns about forests, and the expectations and values they ascribe to forests are explored. While previous findings on differences between urban and rural populations are confirmed, we also find variation within these groups depending on their history of moving between the two spatial categories. This study thus adds a dynamic aspect to the discussion on the urban–rural perspective on beliefs about forests.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 30, no 2, 160-176 p.
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Beliefs, environment, forest management, Germany, migration, Sweden, urbanization
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Human Geography Environmental Sciences Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126943DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1238988ISI: 000388600500003OAI: diva2:1039457
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2016-10-24 Created: 2016-10-24 Last updated: 2017-01-13Bibliographically approved

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