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Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability

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  • Sarah Fleisher Trainor
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    Divergent values are often at the heart of natural resource conflict. Using discord over the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, U.S.A. as a case study, I propose that values are perceived as incommensurate because they reflect different realms, with which there exist distinct concepts of what it means to value and distinct, irreducible forms of value expression. I further argue that collaborative, discursive processes are one way to account for plural values in policy and decision making without requiring a common metric, yet they are not without theoretical and practical challenges.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 3-29

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev15:ev1501

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    Keywords: Value conflict; incommensurability; plural values; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; wilderness; collaborative decision making;

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    1. Sandra Veuthey & Julien-Francois Gerber, 2011. "Valuation Contests over the Commoditisation of the Moabi Tree in South-Eastern Cameroon," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, White Horse Press, vol. 20(2), pages 239-264, May.
    2. Antonio A. R. Ioris, 2012. "The Positioned Construction of Water Values: Pluralism, Positionality and Praxis," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, White Horse Press, vol. 21(2), pages 143-162, May.
    3. Spash, Clive L., 2007. "Deliberative monetary valuation (DMV): Issues in combining economic and political processes to value environmental change," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 63(4), pages 690-699, September.
    4. Ali DOUAI (GREThA), 2007. "Wealth, Well-being and Value(s): A Proposition of Structuring Concepts for a (real) Transdisciplinary Dialogue within Ecological Economics," Cahiers du GREThA, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée 2007-18, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    5. Jennifer Welchman, 2012. "A Defence of Environmental Stewardship," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, White Horse Press, vol. 21(3), pages 297-316, August.

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