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Stigma and Attachment: Performance of Identity in an Environmentally Degraded Place

Broto, VC; Burningham, K; Carter, C; Elghali, L; (2010) Stigma and Attachment: Performance of Identity in an Environmentally Degraded Place. SOC NATUR RESOUR , 23 (10) 952 - 968. 10.1080/08941920802705776.

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Abstract

Research examining the relationship between place and identity shows that the experience of places influences a person's process of identification, through which an emotional bond with the place may be developed. However, the implications of this literature for land restoration remain unexplored. This is partially due to a gap in empirical research that explores the performance of identities in environmentally degraded settings. This article examines the relationship between identity and place among residents living around five coal ash disposal sites in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The article develops a qualitative model to understand the emergence of divergent responses toward the pollution and illustrates that in an environmentally degraded setting the bonds between the individuals and the place are not necessarily dislocated; in some cases, these bonds may be even reinforced by the performance of adaptative identities in response to environmental change.

Type:Article
Title:Stigma and Attachment: Performance of Identity in an Environmentally Degraded Place
DOI:10.1080/08941920802705776
Keywords:Bosnia and Herzegovina, coal ash, environmental pollution, identity, land restoration, place, COAL ASH, POLLUTION, PERCEPTIONS, POLITICS, HEALTH, RISK, RECREATIONISTS, HERZEGOVINA, PSYCHOLOGY, LANDSCAPE
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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