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Cultural Capital and Place: Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania


Patterson, CJ, Cultural Capital and Place: Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Geographical Research, 46, (3) pp. 350-360. ISSN 1745-5863 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1745-5871.2008.00528.x


This paper poses the question: what is the role of cultural capital at the interface of environment, economy and society, and what other factors affect this role? A review of Pierre Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital and later developments of this concept by ecological economists serves to establish the values that comprise cultural capital, and its relationship to natural capital and economic capital. These relationships are investigated through a case study of a small coastal community, Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, in Tasmania. Three study groups are identified which comprise the communities associated with this place; long-term residents, repeat visitors and tourists making a single visit. The complexity of the relationships of people with place are revealed through an examination of the different forms of capital (social, cultural and economic) relating to the different study groups. The dynamics of the social, economic and environmental realities of Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula are seen to be complex and interlinked, with the potential to provide a model for action in communities of similar character and location.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cultural capital; Economic capital; Natural capital; Community; Environment; Natural resource management; Resilience
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Patterson, CJ (Dr Carol Patterson)
ID Code:52847
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2008-10-01
Last Modified:2009-03-19

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