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Models of equilibrium, natural agency and environmental change: lay ecologies in UK recreational angling

Eden, Sally; Bear, Christopher

Authors

Sally Eden

Christopher Bear

Abstract

This paper studies how anglers in northern England invoke models of equilibrium and ‘the balance of nature' in making sense of the water environments where they regularly fish, and how they use these models as norms or ideals when designing environmental management, alongside an emphasis on natural agency and unpredictability. Like other publics, anglers are shown to be a heterogeneous group in how they think about nature and their ‘lay ecologies' reflect the problematic way in which equilibrium is normalised in science and policy more generally, showing similarities with professional environmental managers. But anglers are unusual publics, because their lay ecologies are put to work in collectively managing water environments, through stocking, culling and habitat management. Thus anglers' environmental knowledge practices co-produce the environments in which they develop their lay ecologies, making their models of nature and equilibrium important both conceptually and materially.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-07
Journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Print ISSN 0020-2754
Electronic ISSN 1475-5661
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Pages 393-407
Institution Citation Eden, S., & Bear, C. (2011). Models of equilibrium, natural agency and environmental change: lay ecologies in UK recreational angling. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 36(3), 393-407. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00438.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00438.x
Keywords Environmental knowledge-practices, Equilibrium, Balance of nature, Angling, Water management
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00438.x/abstract
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article: Eden, S. and Bear, C. (2011), Models of equilibrium, natural agency and environmental change: lay ecologies in UK recreational angling. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36: 393–407. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00438.x

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