Tensions within nature management in Inner Troms, Norway : different narratives on power and decision-making
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This thesis sets out to investigate conflicts surrounding nature management in Inner Troms, focusing on different narratives expressed within three cases: 1) The merging of MaukenBlåtind Training Area and Firing Range, where the state has decided that military activities and Sámi reindeer herding activities shall take place in the same area; 2) The expansion of Upper Dividalen Landscape Conservation Area and National Park, where a conflict emerged between state actors and local resource users; and 3) Predator politics in relation to sheep farming and reindeer herding in an area where they must live side by side. The aim of the research is to answer two research questions: 1) Who are the affected actors in each nature management conflict, what are their respective narratives, and what can these tell us about existing power dynamics?; and 2) How does power affect the decision-making process in each case, especially in terms of conflict management and the creation of winners and losers?