Wolf Conflicts: A Sociological Study

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Berghahn Books, May 1, 2017 - Social Science - 226 pages

Wolf populations have recently made a comeback in Northern Europe and North America. These large carnivores can cause predictable conflicts by preying on livestock, and competing with hunters for game. But their arrivals often become deeply embedded in more general societal tensions, which arise alongside processes of social change that put considerable pressure on rural communities and on the rural working class in particular. Based on research and case studies conducted in Norway, Wolf Conflicts discusses various aspects of this complex picture, including conflicts over land use and conservation, and more general patterns of hegemony and resistance in modern societies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Wolf in Norway
18
Chapter 2 Areas of Study and Methods
27
Chapter 3 New Alliance Old Antagonism
36
Fieldwork in a Resistance Group
54
Chapter 5 Social Representations of the Wolf
76
Chapter 6 Contested Knowledge
115
Chapter 7 Rumors about the Secret Reintroduction of Wolves
138
Opinions and Responses
159
Concluding Notes
197
Bibliography
203
Index
209
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About the author (2017)

Olve Krange is a sociologist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research – NINA. Together with Ketil Skogen, he has studied the conflicts over large carnivore management in Norway for close to two decades. They have worked together on several studies of large carnivore management commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency.

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