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In this study, I examine the relationship between a river and a community. Specifically, I analyze the processes and patterns that organize the nature-society relationship and define the river town of Sabula, IA. To guide my historical and ethnographic analysis, I utilize a co constructionist posture (Rice 2013), which sees culture, community, economy, and physicality as much a product of bio-physical forces as social forces. My aim is to understand how Sabula is conjointly constructed and reveal the nuanced interconnections between human communities and nature through which social and environmental problems play out. My analysis clarifies patterns in residents’ identity construction, place meanings, and community and economic development highlighting their mutually constructed quality. Better understanding co-constructionist process helps us take important epistemological steps toward seeing how communities are conjointly constituted over time.
Community; Conjoint Constitution; Environment; Environmental History; Environmental Sociology; Mississippi River
Environmental Sciences | Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Baxter, Nicholas, "On Muddy Banks: An Ecoethnography of a River Island Community" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3782.
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