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Co-production of forestry science and society: Evolving interpretations of economic sustainability in Finnish forestry textbooks

Teijo Rytteri, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Finland, teijo.rytteri@uef.fi Taru Peltola, Université Grenoble Alpes - Irstea - UR DTM, 2 rue de la Papeterie – BP 76, 38 402 Saint-Martin-d’Hères cedex, France and Finnish Environment Institute, Finland, Leena A. Leskinen, School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Finland,
 
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Teijo Rytteri, Taru Peltola and Leena A. Leskinen (2016), "Co-production of forestry science and society: Evolving interpretations of economic sustainability in Finnish forestry textbooks", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 24: No. 1, pp 21-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2016.03.001

Published: 0/8/2016
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In this article:
Introduction
Co-production of economic sustainability and society
Research materials and analysis
Interpretations of economic sustainability
Conclusions

Abstract

In this article, we explore how forestry scientists have promoted and defended particular definitions of economic sustainability as a response to socio-economic challenges. Drawing on an analysis of Finnish forestry textbooks, we discuss the evolving conceptualizations in terms of co-production of scientific ideas and social orders. We argue that to fully understand what economic sustainability means in forestry one has to analyze the choices and preferences concerning the components of scientific ideas, and to identify links between these choices and the evolving societal discourses, social norms, rules of authority, power relations and partnerships, as well as historical events.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2016.03.001