Nature, race, and parks: past research and future directions for geographic research

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Title Nature, race, and parks: past research and future directions for geographic research
Author Byrne, Jason Antony; Wolch, Jennifer
Journal Name Progress in Human Geography
Editor Roger Lee, Noel Castree et al.
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Abstract Geographic research on parks has been wide-ranging but has seldom examined how and why people use parks, leaving these questions to leisure science, which privileges sociodemographic variables over urban socio-spatial explanations (eg, historical, political-economic, and location factors). This article examines recent geographic perspectives on park use, drawing upon environmental justice, cultural landscape, and political ecology paradigms to redirect our attention from park users to a more critical appreciation of the historical, socio-ecological, and political-economic processes that operate through, and in turn shape, park spaces and park-going behaviors. We challenge partial, user-orientated approaches and suggest new directions for geographic research on parks.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 33
Page from 1
Page to 23
ISSN 0309-1325
Date Accessioned 2009-07-30
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Management; Land Use and Environmental Planning; Social and Cultural Geography; Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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