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The Cultural Politics of Resource Management: the Case of Bushfires in a Conservation Reserve

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Recent bushfire events have seen a rise in conflict over bushfire management in south Australia. A case study from Kangaroo Island illustrates the conflict between the rural community and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The debate is ostensibly concerned with the effectiveness of bushfire management strategies employed in reserves. Inquiry reveals, however, that the conflict is underlain by cultural and social tensions. These issues concern the protagonists' relationship with the Kangaroo Island landscape and recent land management changes. The autonomy and role of the rural community in the landscape has been challenged by these globalising trends in land management. Through the bushfire issue the community is seeking to reassert its position on Kangaroo Island as creator and steward of the landscape. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • GILL, N. (1994). The Cultural Politics of Resource Management: the Case of Bushfires in a Conservation Reserve. Australian Geographical Studies, 32(2), 224-240. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8470.1994.tb00673.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0028569389

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 224

End Page


  • 240

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Recent bushfire events have seen a rise in conflict over bushfire management in south Australia. A case study from Kangaroo Island illustrates the conflict between the rural community and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The debate is ostensibly concerned with the effectiveness of bushfire management strategies employed in reserves. Inquiry reveals, however, that the conflict is underlain by cultural and social tensions. These issues concern the protagonists' relationship with the Kangaroo Island landscape and recent land management changes. The autonomy and role of the rural community in the landscape has been challenged by these globalising trends in land management. Through the bushfire issue the community is seeking to reassert its position on Kangaroo Island as creator and steward of the landscape. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • GILL, N. (1994). The Cultural Politics of Resource Management: the Case of Bushfires in a Conservation Reserve. Australian Geographical Studies, 32(2), 224-240. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8470.1994.tb00673.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0028569389

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 224

End Page


  • 240

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 2