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Participate for Women's Sake?: A Gender Analysis of a Swedish Collaborative Environmental Management Project
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
2015 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 28, no 11, 1233-1248 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collaborative approaches have become increasingly evident in policies governing environmental management. However, realizing these approaches has proven to be challenging. In this article we discuss why this is the case by using a gender-theoretical lens. By attending to prevailing norms of masculinity and femininity within Swedish environmental agencies, we gain understanding about what implications these norms have for working collaboratively. Our findings suggest that these organizations are gendered, leaving women administrators with lower status tasks, not in line with the traditional scientific expert roles valued in these organizations. The gender of administrators are thus both a cause and effect: The status of collaborative projects is low in the natural resource management organization, which leads to administrators having low status getting appointed these projects, which in turn reproduces the view of these projects as less important. Our findings contribute to the discussion on problems of realizing collaborative environmental policies.

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2015. Vol. 28, no 11, 1233-1248 p.
Keyword [en]
environmental communication, environmental sociology, social theory, Europe, gender, integrated coastal zone management, multimethod approaches, natural resources-environmental sociology, qualitative analysis, participatory approaches
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Gender Studies Other Agricultural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267653DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2015.1014594ISI: 000363701000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267653DiVA: diva2:874489
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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