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Garrido Espinosa, Sara, 2016. Constructing and anticipating conflict : how Madrid prepares for wolves. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The return of the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) to the capital of Spain where the large carnivore
was absent for decades opens up a plural landscape of opinions, attitudes and understandings. Using a
phenomenological approach, actors involved were interviewed to assess perspectives, understandings
and expectations regarding landscape, livelihood and wildlife conservation. The secrecy about the
information, the underlying effects of wolves attacks on livestock and game, the fragmented legal
landscape, the precarious system of the extensive farming and the absences of satisfactory democratic
processes to air out these tensions are some of the factors that intricate and add confusion to the
situation, turning the wolf into the main driver of disagreement energies. Using the presence of the
wolf in Madrid as the framework, the study explores and ultimately challenges presumptions on
human–wildlife label and conflict designation and presents the facets and vectors for conflict that
define the case context. Finally, the theoretical debate on deliberative democracy and agonistic
pluralism participatory theories helped to unravel a widespread discontentment and distrust heading
toward a crisis of legitimacy where environmental agencies are failing to accommodate all

Main title:Constructing and anticipating conflict
Subtitle:how Madrid prepares for wolves
Authors:Garrido Espinosa, Sara
Supervisor:Von Essen, Erica
Examiner:Joosse, Sofie
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2016
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:Iberian wolf, human–wildlife conflict, perspectives, deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, Spain
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal ecology
Landscape architecture
Deposited On:20 Sep 2016 07:11
Metadata Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 07:11

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