"I feel it is mine!" - Psychological ownership in relation to natural resources

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Matilainen , A , Pohja-Mykrä , M , Lähdesmäki , M & Kurki , S 2017 , ' "I feel it is mine!" - Psychological ownership in relation to natural resources ' , Journal of Environmental Psychology , vol. 51 , pp. 31-45 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.03.002

Title: "I feel it is mine!" - Psychological ownership in relation to natural resources
Author: Matilainen, A.; Pohja-Mykrä, M.; Lähdesmäki, M.; Kurki, S.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki
University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki
University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
Date: 2017-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of Environmental Psychology
ISSN: 0272-4944
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309246
Abstract: The use of natural resources often generates conflict among stakeholders. Conflict analysis and management in this sector has traditionally been based on compliance enforcement and/or education. Recently, however, the need for alternative approaches has been increasingly highlighted. In this study, we address the need for in-depth analysis, and introduce the theoretical concept of psychological ownership to improve the understanding and potential management of conflict situations. We suggest that ownership feelings may play a significant role both in successful co-operation, and in conflicts related to the use of natural resources. The study is qualitative in nature. The data consisted of two interview datasets related to nature tourism: nature tourism in private forests and bear watching safaris. We show that the ways the psychological ownership of stakeholder groups is constructed and taken into account in co-operative relationships are of the utmost importance for the sustainability and success of the interplay among stakeholders. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Psychological ownership
Natural resource management
Natural resource conflict
Private forest owners
Wildlife watching
Qualitative research
QUALITATIVE CONTENT-ANALYSIS
PLACE ATTACHMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL ATTITUDES
WORK-ENVIRONMENT
RESEARCH AGENDA
MANAGEMENT
IDENTITY
CONFLICT
BEHAVIOR
MOTIVATION
1172 Environmental sciences
515 Psychology
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