Skip to main content

The Politics of Place: Understanding Meaning, Common Ground, and Political Difference on the Rocky Mountain Front

Buy Article:

$29.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:



A major challenge of forest policy and management is effectively understanding different people's viewpoints on natural resource use and conservation, and how those viewpoints contribute to conflict and conflict resolution. In response to this challenge, the concept of place is gaining currency in natural resource research. The study of place promises an integrative approach to understanding people's relationships with particular areas. Realizing the potential of place research to inform forest policy and management means conceptualizing place as an arena of shared and contested meanings. A politics of place is attentive to different and potentially conflicting meanings, and how senses of place may be connected to larger political struggles. This study examines people's images, values, and interests with respect to the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana. In this case study, discourse about placenames provided a window into the politics of place. Results illustrate the ways in which place meanings are connected to people's ideas about property, conservation, and governance. Knowledge of the politics of place can inform forest policy and management and contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of natural resource conflict and the potential effectiveness of decision-making processes. FOR. SCI. 49(6):855–866.

Keywords: Natural resource social science; environmental discourse; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest planning; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resource policy; natural resources; sense of place

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Acting Director Wilderness Institute, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812, Phone: 406-243-6934; Fax: 406-243-4845 lyung@forestry.umt.edu 2: Chair Department of Society and Conservation, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812, Phone: 406–243-5184 waf@forestry.umt.edu 3: Professor Department of Society and Conservation, College of Forestry and Conservation, and Director Bolle Center for People and Forests, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, MT, 59812, Phone: 405-243-4958 belsky@forestry.umt.edu

Publication date: 2003-12-01

More about this publication?
  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
    Other SAF Publications
  • Submit a Paper
  • Membership Information
  • Author Guidelines
  • Podcasts
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more