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

Lidestav, Gun

Abstract

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

Keywords

Data triangulation; gender; typology

Published in

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

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG5 Gender equality

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Forest Science

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2010.506781

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/30765