Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand : An Ethnography of Coastal Protection Paperback / softback
Part of the Culture and Social Practice series
This rich ethnography analyzes coastal protection as a sociomaterial practice.
Coastal protection, Friederike Gesing argues, co-produces natural and cultural orders.
In the context of the Aotearoa New Zealand coast, the book follows the emergence of a new sociotechnical imaginary: coastal management working "with nature" - and not against it.
Analysis of a seawall controversy and different coastal protection projects shows how "soft" protection slowly takes hold.
Dune restoration volunteers, coastal management experts, surfer-scientists, and Maori conservationists engage in different practices of making coastal nature-cultures: dune restoration as do-it-yourself erosion control, reconstructing native nature, or soft engineering in concert with natural processes.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 350 pages
- Publisher: Transcript Verlag
- Publication Date: 15/06/2016
- Category: Social groups
- ISBN: 9783837634464