Discourses about Wildfire in New Jersey and New South Wales

Discourses about Wildfire in New Jersey and New South Wales

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The increasing focus on public involvement in wildfire management in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) makes it important to understand how the public thinks about fire. Grid-Group Cultural Theory (GGCT) provides a promising but empirically untested lens through which to understand the content and causes of the basic views that may exist. This study examined the viewpoints (or qdiscoursesq) about fire of people living in two fire-prone WUI regions: the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, USA, and the outer suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I first used Q method to identify the normative discourses (how people think things ought to be) and descriptive discourses (how people think things actually are) in each case study area. Then a mail survey in each area examined the prevalence of the discourses and their relationships to other variables. The results suggest that GGCT is a poor description and explanation of how people in New Jersey and New South Wales think about fire. Instead, the results point toward the qdetachment hypothesis.q The detachment hypothesis states that when an issue (such as wildfire) is not closely tied up in people's way of life, they will have little incentive to develop detailed discourses about it.Chapter 1 : Managing the Ecology and Culture of Wildfire in Sydney 1.1 Introduction With respect to wildfires, Sydney and its suburbs exemplify the classic idea ... This puts a great amount of people and property in the path of those bushfires4.

Title:Discourses about Wildfire in New Jersey and New South Wales
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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