Journal article

Community perceptions of plantation forestry: The association between place meanings and social representations of a contentious rural land use

Nerida M Anderson, Kathryn JH Williams, Rebecca M Ford

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

A characteristic of land use disputes is the different ways a contentious land use is interpreted and represented by opposing groups. While there is evidence that land use conflict is partly explained by differences in place meanings, there is little understanding of how competing place meaning might explain different beliefs about a land use. In this study social representation theory and place theory provide a framework to examine the association between meanings attributed to the rural landscape and different beliefs about large scale plantation forestry. A mixed-method approach involving a visual-based Q-sorting task, word association task and qualitative analysis of interview questions ..

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