Journal Article


Eoin O'Neill
Phoebe Duvall
Mick Lennon



common good boltanski th venot landscape human ireland justification modified

The (un)common good: diverging justifications for wilderness making in a modified landscape (2019)

Abstract Wilderness is most often conceived as comprising large remote areas where evidence of human influence is slight. Little attention has been afforded to the study of wilderness ‘making’ in smaller landscapes that have been heavily modified by human activity. This paper addresses this knowledge deficit by employing the pragmatic sociology of Boltanski and Thévenot to analyse a case study of wilderness making in the west of Ireland. The application of this framework illustrates how contending positions on ‘why’ wilderness making should occur and ‘how’ it should be conducted reflect ethical frameworks rooted in different conceptions of the ‘common good’ presented by the idea of wilderness. The paper demonstrates the difficulties with developing such a new nature-based concept in the absence of conventional (received) ideas of wilderness by revealing how the diverging justifications used suggest incommensurability in the competing notions of wilderness that are formulated and advanced.
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Eoin O'Neill, Phoebe Duvall, Mick Lennon

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Eoin O'Neill
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 8
Mick Lennon
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 33