SOAN-450 Senior Inquiry/Capstone
Anthropology | Environmental Policy | Geographic Information Sciences | Human Ecology | Human Geography | Nature and Society Relations | Place and Environment | Remote Sensing | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning
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In an era of rapid urbanization, changing climate, and increasing political division, parks represent increasingly important places for urban residents to interact with and feel connected to the natural environment and receive a number of mental and physical health benefits. Unfortunately, in an age of austerity politics, parks and recreation departments in Midwest Rust Belt cities often lack adequate funding to maintain such public spaces. Recently, the business-minded Rock Island, Illinois Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented a creative cost-saving management solution: “naturalizing” sections of its city parks. This interdisciplinary study uses a mixed methods approach to discover how the community members near two representative urban parks in Rock Island perceive this economically motivated accidental “rewilding” of long-manicured and domesticated urban nature. Resident reactions reveal enduring conceptions of a culture-nature divide, as well as the proper, upper class, white ideologies that have historically shaped park construction and use in the United States.
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Elliott, Christian S. B.. "When Nature Invades: Resident perceptions of the austerity-driven "rewilding" of an urban park in Rock Island, Illinois" (2020). Anthropology: Student Scholarship & Creative Works.
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