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Anspråk och argumentation: En studie av användning och uttolkning av lag vid naturresurskonflikter i nordvästra Hälsingland, ca 1830-1870
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Claims and Argumentation : A study of the practice of law in northwest Hälsingland, ca 1830-1870 (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is concerned with the use, interpretation and practice of law in a local community during a period of institutional, demographic and market change, c.1830-c.1870. The area studied is one of the forest regions of northern Sweden which experienced great changes during the 19th century. Besides the pressure of population growth and expanded demand for forest products such as timber, the state’s increased interest to control the natural resources in the northern provinces implied new challenges for the local peasantry. In order to study how state officials, peasants, colonisers and other actors claimed and protected their rights to resources, two case studies were carried out. The first concerns negotiations between the peasantry and the state during the so-called yngre avvittringar or late enclosures. The other deals with cases concerning natural resources that where resolved in the local court.

The study implies that the claimants used the institutional framework, i.e. laws, norms and customs, creatively in order to legitimise their claims. Furthermore, the findings of this study stand in contrast to the common view of the avvittringar which sees the reform as part of a process of modernisation of property rights regarding forests.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2002. , 166 p.
Uppsala Studies in Economic History, ISSN 0346-6493 ; 61
, Skrifter från forskningsprojektet Flexibilitet som tradition, Ängersjöprojektet., ISSN 1650-9102 ; 8
Keyword [en]
Economic history, forest history, history of law, local history, enclosures, demarcations, property rights, resource conflicts, claims, interests, court verdict, argumentation, Hälsingland, Norrland, Sweden.
Keyword [sv]
Ekonomisk historia, skogshistoria, rättshistoria, lokalhistoria, skiften, avvittringar, äganderätt, egendomsrelationer, resurskonflikter, anspråk, intressen, domstolsutslag, argumentation, Hälsingland, Norrland
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-2878ISBN: 91-554-5428-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-2878DiVA: diva2:162140
Public defence
2002-11-22, hörsal 2, Ekonomikum, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2002-11-01 Created: 2002-11-01 Last updated: 2009-03-19Bibliographically approved

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