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Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Ethnography of Coastal Protection

By: Friederike Gesing(Author)

351 pages, no illustrations

Transcript Verlag

Paperback | Oct 2016 | #238350 | ISBN-13: 9783837634464
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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, Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand 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.

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Friederike Gesing is a cultural anthropologist of science, technology and nature, and co-founder of the Bremen NatureCultures Lab. She works at artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen, Germany.

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