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.

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2016-06-16, 356 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3446-4

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Author(s)
Friederike Gesing
Book title
Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand An Ethnography of Coastal Protection
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
356
Features
kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN
978-3-8376-3446-4
DOI
Commodity Group
1752
BIC-Code
JHMC RGC RNT
BISAC-Code
SOC002010 SOC015000
THEMA-Code
JHMC RGC RNT
Release date
2016-06-16
Edition
1
Topics
Kultur, Natur
Readership
Cultural Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Geography, Environmental Anthropology, Environmental Humanities, Coastal Studies
Keywords/Tags
Coast, Ethnography, Practice, Nature, New Zealand, Sociotechnical Imaginaries, Environment, Dune Restoration, Materiality, Collaboration, Coastal Protection, Oceania, Culture, Ethnology, Cultural Geography, Human Ecology, Environmental Sociology

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