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Land tenure in the U.S.: power, gender, and consequences for conservation decision making

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  • Peggy Petrzelka

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  • Sandra Marquart-Pyatt
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    Land tenure relations have both social and environmental implications, ranging from potential power issues to land stewardship. Drawing upon survey data of landowners collected in the Great Lakes Basin of the U.S., this study builds upon existing research by examining absentee landlords of agricultural land—a vastly understudied but growing category of landowners. By furthering analysis on gender dynamics in the landlord-tenant relationship, the study findings augment Gilbert and Beckley’s (Rural Sociology, 1993 ) suggestion that subordinate landlord-dominant tenant relationships may be a pattern and contribute to understanding the nuances that co-ownership potentially plays in these relationships. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 549-560

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:28:y:2011:i:4:p:549-560

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    Keywords: Absentee landowners; Conservation; Gender; Great Lakes Basin; Land tenure; Women farmland owners;

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    1. Meredith J. Soule & Abebayehu Tegene & Keith D. Wiebe, 2000. "Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(4), pages 993-1005.
    2. Duffy, Michael & Smith, Darnell, 2008. "Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa, 2007," Staff General Research Papers 13013, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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