Conceptualizing ‘sense of place’ in cultural ecosystem services: A framework for interdisciplinary research

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Title: Conceptualizing ‘sense of place’ in cultural ecosystem services: A framework for interdisciplinary research
Authors: Ryfield, Frances
Cabana, David
Brannigan, John
Crowe, Tasman
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9709
Date: Apr-2019
Online since: 2019-03-27T10:28:35Z
Abstract: In this paper we aim to establish a conceptual and practical framework for investigating sense of place as a category of cultural ecosystem services, drawing upon transdisciplinary research on assessing cultural value and ecosystem change in the Irish Sea. We examine sense of place as a material phenomenon, embedded in and expressive of the relationship between determining ecological conditions of particular locations and the determining social and cultural conditions of human habitation. Our emphasis on sense of place as a material phenomenon contrasts with the prevailing tendency in ecosystem services literature to treat cultural ecosystem services as ‘non-material’, ‘immaterial’, or ‘intangible’, and builds on a call to conceptualize cultural ecosystem services in ‘a more theoretically nuanced approach’ which yields practical means of researching and assessing cultural benefits (Fish et al., 2016a, p. 215). The paper emerges from a transdisciplinary project on ‘The Cultural Value of Coastlines’, which seeks to define a mechanism for integrating materialist research on cultural benefits into the ecosystem services framework. We demonstrate the need for a more significant role for sense of place as a category of cultural ecosystem services, and for research practices which can account for the material and socially-produced nature of sense of place.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Ecosystem Services
Volume: 36
Start page: 1
End page: 13
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: Cultural ecosystem servicesSense of placePhenomenological researchEcosystem assessmentCultural materialismInterdisciplinarity
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100907
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection
Earth Institute Research Collection
UCD Humanities Institute Research Collection

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