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 and Planning A 44(5) 1200 – 1218
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The good, the bad, and the hands-on: constructs of public participation, anglers, and lay management of water environments
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.
Keywords:public participation, anglers, environmental management, specialised publics, practices
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