Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the past

Thurstan, Ruth H., Buckley, Sarah M. and Pandolfi, John M. (2016). Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the past. In Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez and Bo Poulsen (Ed.), Perspectives on oceans past: a handbook of marine environmental history (pp. 155-173) Dordrecht , The Netherlands: Springer . doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7496-3_9


Author Thurstan, Ruth H.
Buckley, Sarah M.
Pandolfi, John M.
Title of chapter Oral histories: informing natural resource management using perceptions of the past
Title of book Perspectives on oceans past: a handbook of marine environmental history
Place of Publication Dordrecht , The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-7496-3_9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9789401774963
9789401774956
Editor Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez
Bo Poulsen
Chapter number 9
Start page 155
End page 173
Total pages 19
Total chapters 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In a rapidly changing world, oral history – a recorded dialogue between an interviewer and interviewee – is becoming an increasingly valued method by which to describe past marine environments and to enhance our knowledge of ecological changes. Using case studies from the 1860s to the present day we demonstrate the important role that oral history plays in providing novel information for science and natural resource management: from testimonies of changes in fish size and abundance to descriptions of local environmental change. Whilst the interpretation and application of such research presents many challenges for resource management, the narratives that stem from oral history can often hold much greater meaning to the public or local stakeholders than scientific observations alone. Thus, oral history not only has an important role to play in filling knowledge gaps but also may help to generate greater acceptance of the magnitude of change being observed in marine environments.
Keyword Intergenerational change
Local ecological knowledge
Narratives
Qualitative data
Traditional ecological knowledge
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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