Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Multispecies Planning: Locating Nonhuman Entanglements in Oyster Restoration Policy on the Massachusetts Coast
by Morgan, David, M.A., Tufts University, 2019, 98; 13879253
Abstract (Summary)

Nature-based infrastructure (NBI) ties together ecology and planning. It is significant as an innovation and because it potentiates new and different human-environment relations. Drawing upon recent anthropological efforts to explore multispecies entanglements, this thesis considers the NBI work of the Massachusetts Oyster Project. It examines the ecological communities the organization joins in its efforts to restore the Eastern oyster, and it evaluates those relationships as indicators of potential shifts in state environmental policy. This thesis also elaborates multispecies planning as a concept. It incorporates evidence from ethnography, environmental science, philosophy, and political theory, and finds that the framework offers planners two lessons. First, it is now necessary to attend to many forms of knowledge in the planning process, not all of which are human. Second, entertaining such findings points to new ways of reasoning environmental matters of concern. Both lessons are given in the example of Massachusetts state shellfish policy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rappaport, Ann
Commitee: Skrabut, Kristin
School: Tufts University
Department: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Climate Change, Public policy
Keywords: Environmentalism, Human-environment relations, Multinaturalism, Multispecies ethnography, Nature-based infrastructure, Post-natural
Publication Number: 13879253
ISBN: 978-1-392-24266-7
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