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From farm forestry to farm and forestry in south-western France as a result of changes in a ‘house-centred’ social structure

Abstract : The importance of the ecological functions of farm forests in France calls for a better understanding of the social systems influencing forest management. The traditional ‘house-centred system’ involved a sharing of activities in farm forestry between fathers and their sons. Retired farmers were traditionally managers of the forests while their sons dealt with farming activities. The evolution of this relationship since World War 2 has been investigated with an ethnologic approach in two villages in south-western France where the traditional ‘house-centred system’ constrains the social rules. This system has led to a lifetime status for fathers as head of the farm and of the household. Before WW2, sons played a secondary role in relation to their fathers who took strategic decisions. After WW2, sons became more involved in the forest work and decisions which led to a more frequent use of agricultural methods in forests. This created differences of opinion between fathers and sons, with the fathers considering their sons’ management too intensive. The social consequence was that the fathers felt that their role as forest managers and as head of the farm was reduced. In future, farm forest management might become more dependent on agricultural activities, with the traditional social systems losing importance.
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Anne Sourdril, Gaétan Du Bus de Warnaffe, Marc Deconchat, Eric Garine, Gerard Balent. From farm forestry to farm and forestry in south-western France as a result of changes in a ‘house-centred’ social structure. Small Scale Forest Economics Management and Policy, 2006, 5 (1), pp.127-144. ⟨hal-02664156⟩



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