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

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dc.contributor.authorRyfield, Frances-
dc.contributor.authorCabana, David-
dc.contributor.authorBrannigan, John-
dc.contributor.authorCrowe, Tasman- the Authorsen_US
dc.identifier.citationEcosystem Servicesen_US
dc.description.abstractIn 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.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipIrish Research Councilen_US
dc.rightsThis is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecosystem Services. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecosystem Services (36, (2019))
dc.subjectCultural ecosystem servicesen_US
dc.subjectSense of placeen_US
dc.subjectPhenomenological researchen_US
dc.subjectEcosystem assessmenten_US
dc.subjectCultural materialismen_US
dc.titleConceptualizing ‘sense of place’ in cultural ecosystem services: A framework for interdisciplinary researchen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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