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    Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation


    Clarke, Darren and Murphy, Conor and Lorenzoni, Irene (2017) Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55. pp. 81-89. ISSN 0272-4944

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    Abstract

    This paper explores place disruption, where transformative adaptation was proposed for flood risk management, by examining: a) the relationships between place attachment, place-related symbolic meanings, place-protective interpretative responses and attitudinal responses, and b) evaluation of governance processes. Questionnaires were administered to residents in Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland in 2014 (n = 280) in the aftermath of community resistance to perceived transformative flood defences. Results highlight the dilemmas for individuals who recognise adaptation as necessary but who ascribe significant importance to valued places. Contrary to previous studies, our analysis shows place attachment to be strongest in individuals who perceive governance processes as inadequate, and finds that neither flood experience nor flood risk affect strength of place attachment and support for flood defences. We suggest that where transformative adaptation disrupts place and threatens place attachment, considering the views of both those affected and unaffected by hazardous events is paramount.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Place attachment; Place disruption; Transformation; Adaptation; Flood risk; Governance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12205
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.12.006
    Depositing User: IR Theres
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 16:05
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Psychology
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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