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.B. K. says: aquot;What we really need is good, detailed planning for how to handle forest fires. ... and time-consuming it can be to follow all the recommendations for fire safety a and letting us know what theya#39;re doing and why theya#39;re doing it.
|Title||:||Discourses about Wildfire in New Jersey and New South Wales|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|