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Social negotiations behind biosphere reserve Nedre Dalälven River Landscape
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An academic contribution for the urgent work of sustainable development is to detect and analyze important factors of successful work for sustainability. This study explores the factors of social processes behind Sweden´s largest biosphere reserve, a model area for sustainable development, Nedre Dalälven River Landscape. The aim is to study underlying incentives in the establishment of a biosphere reserve to detect critical social factors in the initial work for sustainable development. Critical discourse analysis will serve as a theoretical point of departure but also as an analytical method since it connects external circumstances with individual perspectives. The data was collected through individual interviews, a group interview, participatory observations and document readings. Social negotiations in this study refer to individual needs, people´s relations as well as needs that concern organizational business relations. Information is collected as a combination of written sources, such as official documents and local papers articles, semi-structured interviews of individuals and a group interview. The result showed that the driving force behind becoming a biosphere, the local association NeDa, was important for the fellowship. NeDa was understood as public good and as working for the best of the community. The biosphere reserve was perceived as a confirmation of the capabilities of local people. The meaning of sustainable development was filled with local matters which enabled a biosphere reserve well established in the area. In conclusion, underlying social negotiations are critical for sustainable development locally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 58
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 328
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, biosphere reserve, Nedre Dalälven River Landscape, critical discourse analysis, formal social structures, informal social structures
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-319263DiVA, id: diva2:1086437
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
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2015-05-29, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 09:30 (English)
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Available from: 2017-04-04 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-04-04Bibliographically approved

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