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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2015

The radicalisation of rural resistance: How hunting counterpublics in the Nordic countries contribute to illegal hunting

Von Essen, Erica; Hansen, Hans Peter; Nordström Källström, Helena; Peterson, Nils; Peterson, Tarla;

Abstract

Populist hunting movements have risen in recent years to safeguard rural interests against nature conservation. In extreme cases this movement has been accompanied by the illegal hunting of protected species. Using Sweden and Finland as a case study, the article elucidates how the perceived exclusion of hunters in the public debate on conservation mobilised this subculture toward resistance against regulatory agencies. Establishment of an alternative discursive platform comprising several ruralities - counterpublic in Negt and Kluge's original term - allowed hunters to publicise oppositional needs, interests and rationalities in the debate, and was a key juncture in their radicalisation trajectory. Finally the paper argues that failure to grant recognition to the counterpublic radicalised some individuals beyond counterpublic by engaging in illegal hunting. This practice is marked by the termination of political debate with society and represents a danger to political legitimacy.

Keywords

Radicalisation; Poaching; Subculture; Illegal hunting; Rural resistance; Recognition

Published in

Journal of Rural Studies

2015, volume: 39, pages: 199-209

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Hansen, Hans Peter
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Peterson, Nils
North Carolina State University (NC State)
Peterson, Tarla
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land

UKÄ Subject classification

Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Human Geography
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.001

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/65948