Towards a Sociology of the Coast: Our Past, Present and Future Relationship to the Shore

Osbaldiston, Nick (2017) Towards a Sociology of the Coast: Our Past, Present and Future Relationship to the Shore. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.

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Abstract

This book seeks to understand the coast as a place that has deep significance both historically and sociologically. Using several case studies in Australia, the author uses Max Weber’s approach to rationalisation to understand the different ways coasts have been interpreted throughout modern history. While today, coastal places are known for their aspects of lifestyle or adventure, their histories, underpinned by colonialism and industrialization, are vastly different. The author examines the delicate dichotomy between the alternative experiences the coast provides today, versus the ideals and values imposed upon it in times gone by. The author makes an ethical argument about the ways in which we use and experience the coast today will adversely affect the lives of future generations in an attempt to generate further discussion amongst students and scholars of the sociology of place, as well as coastal managers and stakeholders.

Item ID: 51357
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-137-48680-6
Keywords: sociology of coasts; Weber; rural sociology; urban sociology; landscape; modernity; futures
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 02:14
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 70%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 30%
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