Friederike Gesing

Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand

An Ethnography of Coastal Protection

Working with nature – and not against it – is a global trend in coastal management. This ethnography of coastal protection follows the increasingly popular approach of "soft" protection to the Aotearoa New Zealand coast. Friederike Gesing analyses a political controversy over hard and soft protection measures, and introduces a growing community of practice involved in projects of working with nature. Dune restoration volunteers, coastal management experts, surfer-scientists, and Maori conservationists are engaged in projects ranging from do-it-yourself erosion control, to the reconstruction of native nature, and soft engineering "in concert with natural processes". With soft protection, Gesing argues, we can witness a new sociotechnical imaginary in the making.


Friederike Gesing (Dr.) is a senior researcher at artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen. She works on sociomaterial practices of coastal protection and transnational climate policy.

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Friederike Gesing:

Cultural Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Geography, Environmental Anthropology, Environmental Humanities, Coastal Studies

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06/2016, 356 Seiten, kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3446-4

Artikel-Nr.: 3446

-3446-4: Gesing, Working with Nature in Aotearoa NZ

An Ethnography of Coastal Protection


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