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Identity and place as factors in the transistion to sustainability


Dugan, M, Identity and place as factors in the transistion to sustainability, School of Geography & Environmenta Studies Conference Abstracts, 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]


Faced with global issues and rapid local change, we are challenged to find actions we can take to move towards an ecologically sustainable relationship between society and the environment. My proposition is that sense of self, sense of place, and their interdependence, are critical factors in making that transition. It is that interdependence – the relationship between these factors that I am particularly interested to explore. Within that very broad context, the scope of this research is to focus on how people’s sense of self and sense of place affect their experience of significant place changes. Emphasis will be on the role the relationship between these factors may play in developing resilience and belonging. Such qualities may be seen as critical to people’s sense of self, autonomy, and agency, and thus central to the quality of their relationship with the environment. The research will be qualitative, focused from an interdisciplinary, social ecology perspective in paradigms that are interpretive and critical, deeply examining several instrumental case studies with a view to contributing knowledge to support people when making significant transitions, particularly changes of place. In this context, today’s presentation will explore a quadrant model of possible characteristics of sense of self/place relationships.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:sense of place, sustainabillity
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:Dugan, M (Ms Mahni Dugan)
ID Code:65553
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-11-23
Last Modified:2010-11-23

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