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The good, the bad, and the hands-on: constructs of public participation, anglers, and lay management of water environments

Eden, Sally; Bear, Christopher

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Sally Eden

Christopher Bear



Abstract

We use a qualitative study of recreational anglers in northern England to explore constructions of ‘the public' in environmental management. We examine good and bad constructs of ‘the public' and show how they emphasise knowledge over practice. We argue for a more differentiated view of the public through ‘environmental engagement' which will appreciate more fully ways in which both ‘specialised publics' and ‘performative publics' are imagined and enacted. We demonstrate how these constructs play out through attending to the discursive and material ‘hands-on' practices of anglers in environmental management and show how these link different geographies of public participation through both discursive and material spaces.

Publication Date 2012-05
Journal Environment and planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 5
Pages 1200-1218
Institution Citation Eden, S., & Bear, C. (2012). The good, the bad, and the hands-on: constructs of public participation, anglers, and lay management of water environments. Environment & planning. A, 44(5), 1200-1218. https://doi.org/10.1068/a4495
DOI https://doi.org/10.1068/a4495
Keywords REF 2014 submission, Public participation, Anglers, Environmental management, Specialised publics, Practices
Publisher URL http://epn.sagepub.com/content/44/5/1200
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Environment and planning A, 2012, v.44, issue 5.

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