Experience and place-making in contested forests

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Asselin, Jodie
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This piece examines narratives of place from diverse actors who engage with forests in the Yukon Territory, Canada. In examining personal stories of forest experience, I show how a single locality can be multiple places. In addition, this work focuses on the ways in which stories of experience are also expressions of legitimacy and belonging. What is shown are the varied mechanisms of engagement, the diverse places created, and the voices which are at once individual and influenced by a broader social context. As educators I argue we need to examine overlapping narratives of place. Through focusing on experience the intersecting nature of different localities becomes clear. As does the necessity to situate such narratives within their broader context, one within which experience is a key aspect of determining the legitimacy of land-use voices
Open access article. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States license (CC BY 3.0 DEED) applies
Place , Yukon , Forests , Discourse , Dwelling , Land-use voices , Forest experience , Narratives of place
Asselin, J. (2016). Experience and place-making in contested forests. Journal of Sustainability in Education, 11