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Does Social Learning Lead to Better Natural Resource Management?: A Case Study of the Modern Farming Community of Practice in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2014 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 27, no 4, 436-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates whether social learning among large-scale farmers in central Sweden leads to better natural resource management in the agricultural landscape. Three different frames of social learning are first identified: social learning as a fundamental social phenomenon, social learning as collaborative learning, and social learning as deeper learning. This article investigates the role of social learning and other factors through semistructured in-depth interviews. Results show that learning among farmers is inherently social, but that this learning does not necessarily improve natural resource management or lead to better environmental governance. The article discusses when social learning can be expected to influence natural resources management, and finds that without the presence of policy, individual leadership, or facilitation, it is not an important factor. Furthermore, the call for social learning based on results from successful instrumental application risks obscuring findings indicating that both social learning and better natural resource management are conditioned on the same external factors.

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2014. Vol. 27, no 4, 436-450 p.
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agriculture, social learning, communities of practice, natural resource management, governance
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Environmental Sciences Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103292DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2013.861562ISI: 000333873200007OAI: diva2:717979


Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-10-01Bibliographically approved

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