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dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Chad L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMcNiel, Jamie Nichole
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-14T21:37:55Z
dc.date.available2011-06-14T21:37:55Z
dc.date.issued2011-06-14en_US
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/2512
dc.description.abstractIn the last several decades, member-based nature centers have been established to provide both community orientation to nature and education services; often times with the goal of promoting nature conservancy and growth and to provide outdoor benefits to urban communities. Most nature centers allow visitors to participate in outdoor recreation and nature experience by either paying an annual amount to become members or a daily entrance fee. However, little research has focused on this aspect of outdoor leisure and use from a park use and leisure research perspective. This research provides empirical findings related to outdoor leisure research, nature center users, and a new form of environmental inequality as it relates to benefits. Findings also present how members socially construct nature, and how those social constructions relate to their tangible relationship with the environment as nature center participants. Additional discussion highlights the larger picture given by integrating spatial, socio-demographic, and interview data. Concluding remarks note the implications of these findings and suggest directions for future research.en_US
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dc.format.extent83 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectNature Centersen_US
dc.subjectLeisure Constraintsen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sociologyen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Inequalityen_US
dc.subjectCritical Realismen_US
dc.titleThe Community of Member-Based Nature Parks: An Integration of Spatial, Socio-Demographic, and Interview Dataen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGiuffre, Pattien_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcKinney, Audreyen_US
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US


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