A Sense of Place in Cultural Ecosystem Services: The Case of Cornish Fishing Communities

Urquhart, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-5000-4630 and Acott, Tim (2014) A Sense of Place in Cultural Ecosystem Services: The Case of Cornish Fishing Communities. Society and Natural Resources, 27 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 0894-1920

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Abstract

Fishing communities in Europe are facing significant challenges due to policy measures aimed at reducing fishing effort in order to cope with the “crisis” in key stocks. While it is imperative to ensure sustainability of the resource, such policies may overlook the contribution of fisheries to the social and cultural well-being of coastal communities. This article explores the contribution that sense of place can make to understanding the relationship between fishing and cultural ecosystem services, drawing on case studies from Cornwall, southwest England. Through semistructured interviews with fishing community stakeholders we outline how fishing contributes to sense of place in terms of individual and community identities, as well as a particular place character associated with the physical presence of fishing. We suggest that a co-constructionist account of the relationship between sea and land can provide a starting point for understanding the cultural landscape that emerges as a result of fishing.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Society & Natural Resources in Jan 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08941920.2013.820811.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cornwall; Cultural services; Ecosystem service; Fishing; Place attachment; Sense of place
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 15:14
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 20:39
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5343

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