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Theodorakea, Ilektra Theodora, 2014. Who let the wolves out? : perceptions about the presence of the wolf in central Greece. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The protection of the former outlaw wolf (Canis lupus) has become a conflicting issue in regions of Central and Northern Greece the last years. The population of the wolf in rural areas has been a trouble for livestock breeders in those areas due to the attacks on their herds. Therefore they are important actors in the conflict related to the protection of the wolf. The reasons they emerge and the ways those conflicts should be resolved spot the light on the socio-political aspect of the situation. The case of the presence of the wolf in two regions in Central Greece and its perceptions from people related to animal husbandry is the topic of this study. Employing the structural approach of the theoretical framework of the Social Representations, it was concluded that negative characteristics of the wolf rooted in the local history and culture are connected with the included in the study practices and attitudes breeders and veterinarians have towards wolves in the region. Narratives about secret releases of wolf are dominant and they reveal issues mainly related to distrust towards NGO’s and public services and the feeling of marginalization is strong, while acts of illegal hunting appear to be consequent practice which can be interpreted as a political action.

Main title:Who let the wolves out?
Subtitle:perceptions about the presence of the wolf in central Greece
Authors:Theodorakea, Ilektra Theodora
Supervisor:Hansen, Hans Peter and von Essen, Erica
Examiner:Hallgren, Lars and Peterson, Tarla R
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:wildlife management, wolf, conflict, social representations, Greece
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Animal ecology
Deposited On:17 Jul 2014 11:49
Metadata Last Modified:17 Jul 2014 11:49

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