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Nature and Culture

Sing C. Chew, Humboldt State University and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and
University of Jena

Volume 11 / 2016, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Subjects: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology

Indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI): Journal Impact Factor: 1.931


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Civic Engagement and Governance in the Urban-Rural Fringe: Evidence from Ireland

Marie Mahon, Frances Fahy, Micheál Ó Cinnéide and Brenda Gallagher


The urban-rural fringe in Ireland harbors diverse and often competing visions of place that unfold against a backdrop of rapid physical and socio-economic change. The desire to develop and articulate a shared sense of belonging rooted in place might be reasonably expected to lead to community-level expression through diverse local organizations. These in turn become embedded in wider institutionalized systems of governance. The importance of place vision, and the extent of civic engagement to create and protect such a vision, is the focus of this article. The ongoing and predominantly developer-led transformation of fringe locations has coincided with a shift from government to governance (particularly at local level) and associated changes in power relationships among various stakeholders. This article investigates the extent to which residents of fringe locations perceive themselves as part of local governance processes and explores the implications of such perceptions for citizenship and local democracy.

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