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About Adam Marshall

is a PhD student in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School. He also holds research positions at the Universities of Essex and Bristol. His interdisciplinary research interests include the political economy (and ecologies) of environmental conflict, degrowth, and transformations towards sustainability. This research draws on a variety of fields including ecological economics, political ecology, political economy,  and human geography. His work has been published in Ecological Economics.

Energy • 21.10.2021

‘Sense of Place’ Discourses in Anti-fracking Struggles and Lessons for Degrowth

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By: Adam Marshall, Javier Lloveras

What is the role of ‘sense of place’ discourses in anti-fracking struggles and can the degrowth movement learn anything from them? To understand the role of place in socio-ecological struggles it is important to move beyond the conventional view whereby places are reduced to physical locations. Instead, space becomes a place when actors ascribe physical locations with specific meanings, experiences, memories, emotions, and symbolic value. Human geographers refer to these socially constructed aspects of place as sense of place, which form the basis of collective (political) identities, cultures and practices.