Nature, work and 'the Environment': contesting sentiments and identities in the southwest of Western Australia

Trigger, David (1999) Nature, work and 'the Environment': contesting sentiments and identities in the southwest of Western Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 10 2: 163-176. doi:10.1111/j.1835-9310.1999.tb00018.x


Author Trigger, David
Title Nature, work and 'the Environment': contesting sentiments and identities in the southwest of Western Australia
Journal name The Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-8811
1757-6547
Publication date 1999-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1835-9310.1999.tb00018.x
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 176
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Contesting discourses about natural resource development present a rich arena for ethnographic investigation. This paper focuses on interviews with environmental activists and forest industry defenders to document a struggle over the meaning of land, work and nature in the southwest of Western Australia. While Green activists condemn what they regard as crimes against nature, this moral challenge to rural communities from urban-based environmentalism is inverted by those working in the industry, such that local cultural practices are celebrated in the face of what is seen as emotional and non-scientific rhetoric. Conflicts about resource development are thus driven in significant respects by identity politics. The paper argues for the importance of cultural analysis, focused particularly on concepts of identity and ‘place’, in the study of contesting moral claims about what should be done with ‘the environment’.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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