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
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 30, no 2, 160-176 p.
Beliefs, environment, forest management, Germany, migration, Sweden, urbanization
Human Geography Environmental Sciences Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126943DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1238988ISI: 000388600500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126943DiVA: diva2:1039457
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