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Using a political ecology framework, this chapter examines the ways in which sense of place and amenity migration contribute to alternative residential development, which relies on uneven use of conservation subdivision features in the American West. Using case studies from Central Oregon, this chapter demonstrates how senses of place and developer decision-making are tied to wider political economic changes. It highlights the roles that amenity migrants and developers, two groups that are sometimes identical, play in landscape transformations that simultaneously draw on a particular sense of place and commodify landscapes in new ways.


The item available for download here is the accepted manuscript version of a chapter originally published in Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences, edited by William P. Stewart, Daniel R. Williams and Linda Kruger.

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