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Cultural Capital and Place: Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 22:04 authored by Patterson, CJ
This paper poses the question: what is the role of cultural capital at the interface of environment, economy and society, and what other factors affect this role? A review of Pierre Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital and later developments of this concept by ecological economists serves to establish the values that comprise cultural capital, and its relationship to natural capital and economic capital. These relationships are investigated through a case study of a small coastal community, Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, in Tasmania. Three study groups are identified which comprise the communities associated with this place; long-term residents, repeat visitors and tourists making a single visit. The complexity of the relationships of people with place are revealed through an examination of the different forms of capital (social, cultural and economic) relating to the different study groups. The dynamics of the social, economic and environmental realities of Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula are seen to be complex and interlinked, with the potential to provide a model for action in communities of similar character and location.
Publication titleGeographical Research
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publicationAustralia