The good, the bad, and the hands-on: constructs of public participation, anglers, and lay management of water environments
We use a qualitative study of recreational anglers in northern England to explore constructions of â€˜the publicâ€™ in environmental management. We examine good and bad constructs of â€˜the publicâ€™ and show how they emphasise knowledge over practice. We argue for a more differentiated view of the public through â€˜environmental engagementâ€™ which will appreciate more fully ways in which both â€˜specialised publicsâ€™ and â€˜performative publicsâ€™ are imagined and enacted. We demonstrate how these constructs play out through attending to the discursive and material â€˜hands-onâ€™ practices of anglers in environmental management and show how these link different geographies of public participation through both discursive and material spaces. Keywords: public participation, anglers, environmental management, specialised publics, practices
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