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Traumatic Natures of the Swamp: Concepts of Nature in the Romanian Danube Delta

Kristof van Assche, Sandra Bell and Petruta Tempau

Environmental Values 21 (2012): 163-183. doi: 10.3197/096327112X13303670567297


This paper focuses on local constructions of 'nature' in governance processes, and the importance of historical and institutional contexts for their genesis and functioning. Through extensive field study in the Romanian Danube Delta, it is demonstrated that the origin and distribution of certain concepts can be credited to a history of conflicts over land and resource use. Considering the implications for participatory natural resource governance, we argue that this capacity of the governance context to produce and transform concepts of nature, poses real challenges. To these challenges can be added legacies of disempowerment and marginalisation, evident in local inhabitants' images and concepts of nature, which we seek to understand by developing a theory of traumatic nature.


Concepts of nature, traumatic nature, Danube Delta, participatory governance

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Concepts of Nature as Communicative Devices: The Case of Dutch Nature Policy. Jozef Keulartz, Henny van der Windt and Jacques Swart

Uncertainty and Participatory Democracy. Luigi Pellizzoni

The Role of Views of Nature in Dutch Nature Conservation: The Case of the Creation of a Drift Sand Area in the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Esther Turnhout, Matthijs Hisschemöller and Herman Eijsackers

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Green Economy, Red Herring. Clive L. Spash

Governance, Participation and Local Perceptions of Protected Areas: Unwinding Traumatic Nature in the Blouberg Mountain Range.Natasha Louise Constant, Sandra Bell

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