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A picture of change: Using photovoice to explore social and environmental change in coastal communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Dearden, Philip
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-22T20:28:44Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-22T20:28:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2013). A Picture of Change: Using Photovoice to Explore Social and Environmental Change in Coastal Communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 18(9), 983-1001. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1354-9839 (Print), 1469-6711 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri 10.1080/13549839.2012.748733
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5267
dc.description.abstract Coastal communities experience a wide array of environmental and social changes to which they must constantly adapt. Further, a community's perception of change and risk has significant implications for a community's willingness and ability to adapt to both current and future changes. As part of a larger study focusing on the adaptive capacity of communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand, we used Photovoice to open a dialogue with communities about changes in the marine environment and in coastal communities. This article presents the results of two exploratory Photovoice processes and discusses prospects for using the Photovoice method for exploring social and environmental change. Changes examined included a number of broader environmental and social trends as well as ecological specifics and social particularities in each site. Participants also explored the social implications of environmental changes, the impacts of macro-scale processes on local outcomes, and emotive and active responses of individuals and communities to change. Photovoice is deemed a powerful method for: examining social, environmental, and socio-ecological change, triangulating to confirm the results of other scientific methods, revealing novel ecological interactions, and providing input into community processes focusing on natural resource management, community development, and climate change adaptation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.subject environmental change en_US
dc.subject social change en_US
dc.subject marine environment en_US
dc.subject coastal communities en_US
dc.subject Photovoice en_US
dc.title A picture of change: Using photovoice to explore social and environmental change in coastal communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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    Nathan Bennett has worked as a researcher, university instructor, teacher, guide, international development worker, and sustainability-conservation educator.

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