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Recreational Hunting in Wellington County, Ontario: Identity, Land Use, and Conflict

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dc.contributor.advisor Kawano, Satsuki Porterfield, Christine 2013-05-03T14:23:32Z 2013-05-03T14:23:32Z 2013-03 2013-04-23 2013-05-03
dc.description.abstract This thesis provides an ethnographic examination of the contribution of recreational hunting in developing a sense of rural identity among hunters in Wellington County, Ontario. Throughout Summer and Autumn 2012, 13 semi-structured interviews were conducted with recreational hunters and their peers, with a total of 17 participants. Using the theoretical framework of anthropology of space and place, this thesis suggests that hunting functions to connect rural residents to a sense of identity in Wellington County, particularly in the context of landscape changes associated with rural gentrification. Hunting provides a means of control over hunters’ experience as rural people, while also providing a mechanism for establishing attachment to place through mastery and sensory experience. The results of this study indicate that hunting provides a reference point for establishing an identity in alignment with what participants recognized as rural values, and in opposition to what participants identified as urban characteristics. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject hunting en_US
dc.subject Wellington County en_US
dc.subject rural gentrification en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject anthropology of space and place en_US
dc.subject rurality en_US
dc.subject conflict en_US
dc.title Recreational Hunting in Wellington County, Ontario: Identity, Land Use, and Conflict en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Public Issues Anthropology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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