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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

The Recent Resurgence of Multiple-Use in the Swedish Forestry Discourse

Zhang, Jundan Jasmine; Marald, Erland; Bjarstig, Therese


Multiple-use forestry has gained increasing emphasis in forestry discourse in recent years. This article examines how multiple-use forestry has been perceived among Swedish forest actors. Halsey's interpretation on 'modalities of nature' is used to address the tension and relations among various actors and the unfolding processes of becoming. Drawn on semi-structured interviews, we suggest seeing multiple-use forestry as a site for ideas and ideologies to collide, confluence and collaborate. We draw attention to interview materials that address the 'modalities of nature' where vision, naming, speed and affect all contribute to the becoming of multiple-use forestry. We thus show how multiple-use forestry has been used as a political concept and address the potentially creative and constructive relations generated by the forest users.


Forest actors; modalities of nature; multiple-use forestry; processes of becoming; qualitative methods; Sweden

Published in

Society and Natural Resources
2022, volume: 35, number: 4, pages: 430-446

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Marald, Erland
Umea University
Bjarstig, Therese
Umea University

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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