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Dudu, Durukan, 2012. How do local actors understand and tend to work toward local economy? : a case study from Åres Gröna Dalar area, Jämtland, Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



'Local economy' concept is often present in the Northern Sweden rural setting as a common
objective that sub-regional actors, especially LEADER (one of the four initiatives financed by EU
structural funds to help local rural actors while providing direct support) programs want to reach.
Same actors in the meantime express a lack of knowledge and interest by local inhabitants. That
reveals the question of how local economy is understood by different actors. Using “perspective”
and “meaning attribution” concepts of symbolic interactionism and local economy debate led by
social movements such as Woods, Transition Towns - TT and New Economics Foundation - NEF,
this paper investigates understandings and practices of local economy in Åres Gröna Dalar
LEADER area, Jämtland, in Sweden. It argues that a) observed actions and experienced happenings
of key actors towards local economy are widely approved by local inhabitants. But the level of
approval decreases when the local economy perspective is tried to be communicated through
rhetorical, verbal and ideological symbols, b) there are four main meanings attributed to local
economy : “buy local” and “support for small-scale entrepreneurs and tourism” compose the narrow
approach while “individual empowerment and community mobilization” and “decentralization and
new way of thinking” are of the wide approach, c) local actors' proposals for actions towards local
economy can be analyzed in four categories: “support for small-scale business”, “raising awareness
and participation”, “networking and collaboration” and “local saving company”

Main title:How do local actors understand and tend to work toward local economy?
Subtitle:a case study from Åres Gröna Dalar area, Jämtland, Sweden
Authors:Dudu, Durukan
Supervisor:Gunnarsdotter, Yvonne
Examiner:Sandström, Emil
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Rural Development, Sweden, Jämtland, Åres Gröna Dalar, Local Economy, Symbolic Interaction
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Economics and management
Deposited On:07 Dec 2012 11:51
Metadata Last Modified:07 Dec 2012 11:51

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