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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

In competition with a brother: Women's inheritance positions in contemporary Swedish family forestry

Lidestav, Gun


Swedish family forestry is characterized by traditional perceptions of the farm as a project that spans generations and a strong desire to preserve family ownership in accordance with a paternal inheritance tradition. In this study women's inheritance positions in contemporary family forestry in Sweden were examined using three different sources: (1) a national register of all forest owners; (2) an inquiry study; and (3) narrative accounts from female forest owners. An asymmetrical ownership pattern was exposed in the analysis of all three materials. Gender had an impact on who, what and how family owned forest land was transferred from one generation to another. Furthermore, analysis of the narrative accounts showed that a minority of the women corresponded to the concept transitive element. A typology with three additional concepts, namely transitive agent, transformative element and transformative agent, is therefore suggested and discussed


Data triangulation; gender; typology

Published in

Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
2010, volume: 25, pages: 14-24
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG5 Gender equality

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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