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Urban versus Rural? Conflict Lines in Land Use Disputes in the Urban–Rural Fringe Region of Schwerin, Germany

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Straße 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
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Land 2021, 10(7), 726; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070726
Received: 26 May 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 8 July 2021 / Published: 10 July 2021
Land use conflicts can present major obstacles to sustainable land management. An accurate understanding of their actor constellations and conflict lines is therefore crucial in developing tools for successful landscape governance. In this context, actors from cities and actors from rural areas are often seen as typical opponents. Hence, the objective of this paper is to analyze the extent to which empirical conflict lines indeed run between urban and rural actors. We applied qualitative text analysis to examine 124 land use conflicts in the urban–rural fringe of Schwerin, Germany, which were identified through semistructured interviews with key land use actors in the region. Results showed that actors from the city and the rural fringe were on opposing sides in almost half of the conflicts. However, they were also frequently in conflict among themselves, and many actor constellations involved actors from other regions or administrative levels. In conclusion, the narrative of the urban–rural dichotomy appears in the empirical data but does not appropriately convey the complexity of the actual conflict lines. The findings of this paper therefore emphasize that it is important to empirically identify the actor constellations in land use conflicts rather than rely on preconceived ideas about typical conflict lines. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban–rural conflict; urban–rural dichotomy; land use conflict; conflict parties; spatial affiliation; actor constellation; urban–rural development; balanced land use urban–rural conflict; urban–rural dichotomy; land use conflict; conflict parties; spatial affiliation; actor constellation; urban–rural development; balanced land use
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Fienitz, M.; Siebert, R. Urban versus Rural? Conflict Lines in Land Use Disputes in the Urban–Rural Fringe Region of Schwerin, Germany. Land 2021, 10, 726. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070726

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Fienitz M, Siebert R. Urban versus Rural? Conflict Lines in Land Use Disputes in the Urban–Rural Fringe Region of Schwerin, Germany. Land. 2021; 10(7):726. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070726

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Fienitz, Meike, and Rosemarie Siebert. 2021. "Urban versus Rural? Conflict Lines in Land Use Disputes in the Urban–Rural Fringe Region of Schwerin, Germany" Land 10, no. 7: 726. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070726

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