Place meanings ascribed to marine settings: the case of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Wynveen, Christopher J., Kyle, Gerard T., and Sutton, Stephen G. (2010) Place meanings ascribed to marine settings: the case of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Leisure Sciences, 32 (3). pp. 270-287.

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Using data collected from in-depth interviews of recreational visitors to Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, place-related meanings ascribed to a marine environment are described. The usefulness of using symbolic interactionism to understand the creation of these meanings is also assessed. Ten meaning-themes emerged (aesthetic beauty, lack of built infrastructure/pristine environment, abundance and diversity of coral and other wildlife, unique natural resource, facilitation of desired recreation activity, safety and accessibility, curiosity and exploration, sense of connection to the natural world, escape from the everyday, and experiences with family and friends), and evidence supporting the utility of symbolic interactionism was identified. Using these findings, researchers may be better able to identify place meanings and the processes that create them.

Item ID: 15908
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0588
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; marine environment; place meaning; symbolic interaction
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 04:39
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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