The “Adaptive Management” of a New Nature along the Southern English Coastline

Rebecca Empson


This article explores the tensions between different understandings about how best to manage a stretch of coastline that is threatened by a new piece of land that emerged out of the sea. It looks at the kinds of political worlds this environmental change has engendered and the dynamic shaping of people and places through such change. It argues that in managing the edges of the sea and land in this area, people also forge themselves as new kinds of subjects in a political landscape that is shifting and changing. Contrasting views about how best to manage these changes illuminate the politics of how best to adapt and manage different environments and the people who shape and are shaped by them. 


nature/culture; edges; adaptive management; coastal engineering; EU legislation; new political subjectivities; perceptions of environmental change; ontological infrastructure

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