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Co-constructing cultural ecosystem services and wellbeing through a place-based approach

Co-constructing cultural ecosystem services and wellbeing through a place-based approach

Acott, Tim G. and Urquhart, Julie (2017) Co-constructing cultural ecosystem services and wellbeing through a place-based approach. In: Johnson, Derek S., Acott, Tim G., Stacey, Natasha and Urquhart, Julie, (eds.) Social Wellbeing and the Value of Small-scale Fisheries. MARE Publication Series, 17 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 23-43. ISBN 978-3319607504 (doi:

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Reductive practices in fisheries management have tended to focus on ecological and economic dimensions that have rendered the social and cultural importance of fishing largely invisible, at least in the context of governance and policy making. This chapter builds on 5 years’ research in the English Channel and Southern North Sea in which the authors adopted a sense of place perspective as a framework for understanding the social and cultural value of small-scale fisheries. Through a number of case studies, the chapter describes how small-scale fisheries result in a series of ‘transformations’ as the marine environment is translated into cultural ecosystem services in coastal settings giving rise to socio-cultural value. This perspective is further developed by considering the value of the social wellbeing ‘lens’ to broaden the sense of place / cultural ecosystem services framework. In pursuing ‘values’ through sense of place, cultural ecosystem services and social wellbeing we discuss how the dualistic treatment of nature and society is problematic. We conclude that a relational co-constructionist approach, although challenging, offers a way of making visible an array of social and cultural values that emerge from the activity of small-scale fisheries.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural ecosystem services, wellbeing, co-construction, sense of place, small-scale fisheries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52

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