publication . Article . 2011

Managing Impressions and Forests: The Importance of Role Confusion in Co-Creation of a Natural Resource Conflict

Elin Ångman; Lars Hallgren; Eva-Maria Nordström;
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  • Published: 07 Nov 2011
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
Social interaction is an important—and often forgotten—aspect of conflicts in natural resource management (NRM). Building on the theoretical framework of symbolic interaction, this article explores how the concept of impression management during social interaction can help understand NRM conflicts. A qualitative study was carried out on a Swedish case involving a conflict over clear-cutting of a forest. To explain why the conflict escalated and destructivity increased, we investigated how the involved actors interpreted each other's actions. For an individual, role confusion occurs when a particular interaction creates a conflict between the presented self and t...
Subjects
free text keywords: Human communication, Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Sociology and Political Science, Social engagement, Economics, Natural resource management, Symbolic interactionism, Public relations, business.industry, business, Environmental resource management, Impression management, Self, Social relation, Social psychology, Natural resource, Resource management
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