Negotiating recreational access under asymmetrical power relations: the case of inland waterways in England
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AbstractThis article addresses recreational conflict between anglers and boaters in England. While recognizing that interpersonal conflicts between individual anglers and boaters exist much as they do in other countries, the article argues that the position in England is mediated through complex land and property rights that position the stakeholders asymmetrically, as legal rights holders (anglers) and moral rights claimants (boaters). Under this scenario, negotiated attempts to increase access for boaters are interpreted not primarily as a means of addressing the asymmetry, but as a mechanism for underwriting the dominant property power of the anglers. Using data collected from focus groups involving stakeholders, the article suggests that in cases where recreational access to natural resources is mediated through sociopolitical institutions such as law, weaker stakeholders have very limited options in terms of the legal or social mechanisms through which he can pursue or assert their claims.
CitationChurch A, Gilchrist P, Ravenscroft N (2007) 'Negotiating recreational access under asymmetrical power relations: the case of inland waterways in England', Society and Natural Resources, 20 (3), pp.213-227.
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
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