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"Place" as an Integrating Concept in Natural Resource Politics: Propositions for a Social Science Research Agenda
Society & Natural Resources
  • Antony S. Cheng, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
  • Linda E. Kruger, Seattle Forestry Science Lab
  • Steven E. Daniels, Utah State University
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This article lays out six propositions centering on a relationship between people-place connections and strategic behavior in natural resource politics. The first two propositions suggest a strong and direct connection between self-identity, place, and how individuals perceive and value the environment. The third, fourth, and fifth propositions tie together social group identity and place, particularly emphasizing the influence of social group identity on strategic behavior in natural resource politics. The sixth proposition relates to the geographic scale of place as a strategic choice in natural resource decision making. Taken together, the propositions suggest that natural resource politics is as much a contest over place meanings as it is a competition among interest groups over scarce resources. The place perspective suggests an expanded role for natural resource social scientists as giving voice to meanings and values that may not otherwise be expressed in natural resource decision-making processes.

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Cheng, A.S., Kruger, L.E., and Daniels, S.E. 2003. "Place" as an integrating concept in natural resource politics: propositions for a social science research agenda. Society and Natural Resources 16:87-104.