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Nature, race, and parks: past research and future directions for geographic research
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 16:09 authored by Jason ByrneJason Byrne, Wolch, J
Geographic research on parks has been wide-ranging but has seldom examined how and why people use parks, leaving these questions to leisure science, which privileges sociodemographic variables over urban socio-spatial explanations (eg, historical, political-economic, and location factors). This article examines recent geographic perspectives on park use, drawing upon environmental justice, cultural landscape, and political ecology paradigms to redirect our attention from park users to a more critical appreciation of the historical, socio-ecological, and political-economic processes that operate through, and in turn shape, park spaces and park-going behaviors. We challenge partial, user-orientated approaches and suggest new directions for geographic research on parks.
Publication titleProgress in Human Geography
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Place of publicationHodder Headline Plc, 338 Euston Road, London, England, Nw1 3Bh
Rights statementCopyright 2009 The Authors