This edited volume documents the presence and types of Nature discourse that emerge during conflicts between people over wildlife. This collection of qualitative case studies demonstrates how social groups create opposing symbolic meanings of Nature and highlights the way in which the successful imposition of those meanings affects wildlife, people generally, and management professionals. Together, the chapters illustrate the significant, untapped utility of constructionist approaches for understanding social conflict over wildlife issues and for managing natural resources in a way that acknowledges and incorporates different definitions of nature.
Ann Herda-Rapp, Ph.D. (1998) in Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Marathon in Wausau. Her teaching and research have focused on environmental sociology, gender, social problems and social movements. Theresa L. Goedeke, Ph.D. (2003) in a Rural Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia, is Research Associate with the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A&M University. She co-authored a book on anti-environmentalism in the Ozarks and has published articles on wildlife issues.
'...a serious contribution to the contentious debate in which we are engaged over our proper relationship to wildlife.'
Jan E. Dizard, H-NILAS, 2006.
'These cases provides excellent examples of qualitative methodologies applied to hunting, predator reintroduction, wildlife protection, landscape change, and resource management.'
J.P. Tiefenbacher, Choice, 2006.
Individuals interested in wildlife protection and management, as well as social controversy over nature and environmental policy.