Title
How class shapes perceptions of nature : implications for managing visitor perceptions in upland UK
Description
Maintaining national parks is an integral policy tool to conserve rare habitats. However, because national parks are funded by taxpayers, they must also serve the needs of the general public. Increasingly, and thanks to today’s diverse society, there is evidence that this creates challenges for park managers who are pulled in two opposing directions: to conserve nature on the one hand and to meet different visitor expectations on the other. This tension was explored in the Peak District National Park, a rural landscape dominated by heather moorland and sheep farming in Northern England where research was conducted to determine how social class and ethnicity shaped perceptions of the park. Results uncovered that social class played a very strong role in shaping perceptions of this region with ‘middle class’ respondents reacting far more favourably to the park than people from more working class backgrounds. We observed ethnicity playing a similar role, though our results are less significantly different.
URL
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Book details
Language
English
Author
Natallie Suckall
Author
Claire Quinn
Author
Evan Fraser
Editor
Aletta Bonn
Author
Jon Stewart
Author
Klaus Hubacek
Author
Tim Allott

social class; environmental perception; uplands; wilderness

Is this item peer reviewed?
No
ISBN
9780415447799
Publisher
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Date of publication
01 January 2009
Number of pages
544
Place of publication
Abingdon
Book title
Drivers of environmental change in uplands
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Preprint