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Nature, race, and parks: past research and future directions for geographic research


Byrne, J and Wolch, J, Nature, race, and parks: past research and future directions for geographic research, Progress in Human Geography, 33, (6) pp. 743-765. ISSN 0309-1325 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0309132509103156


Geographic research on parks has been wide-ranging but has seldom examined how and why people use parks, leaving these questions to leisure science, which privileges sociodemographic variables over urban socio-spatial explanations (eg, historical, political-economic, and location factors). This article examines recent geographic perspectives on park use, drawing upon environmental justice, cultural landscape, and political ecology paradigms to redirect our attention from park users to a more critical appreciation of the historical, socio-ecological, and political-economic processes that operate through, and in turn shape, park spaces and park-going behaviors. We challenge partial, user-orientated approaches and suggest new directions for geographic research on parks.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parks, protected areas, race, ethnicity, landscape, policy, cities, nature, environmental justice, political ecology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:124364
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:284
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-02-20
Last Modified:2018-08-27

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