Politics, research and the natural environment: the lifeworlds of water-based sport and recreation in Wales
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AbstractWhile the politics of recreational access to the natural environment has long been associated with walking, there is growing recognition that other forms of access can, in political terms, be more problematic. One such case is recreational access to inland waters in England and Wales, which has long been dominated by the oppositional politics of anglers and canoeists. Recognising the limitations of conventional evidence-based approaches to policy-making, this paper offers a phenomenological perspective on the politics of water related recreation, suggesting that approaches to the ‘solution’ of access problems may be found by understanding better the lifeworlds of those involved in the debates. This is illustrated by reference to a recent official inquiry into access along inland waters in Wales.
CitationChurch A, Ravenscroft N (2011) 'Politics, research and the natural environment: the lifeworlds of water-based sport and recreation in Wales', Leisure Studies, 30 (4), pp.387-405.