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    Author(s): Jeffrey J. Brooks; George N. Wallace; Daniel R. Williams
    Date: 2006
    Source: Leisure Sciences. 28(4): 331-349.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    This article presents empirical evidence to address how some visitors build relationships with a wildland place over time. Insights are drawn from qualitative interviews of recreation visitors to the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The article describes relationship to place as the active construction and accumulation of place meanings. The analysis is organized around three themes that describe how people develop relationships to place: time and experience accrued in place, social and physical interactions in and with the setting, and an active reflective process of regulating sense of identity to affirm commitment to place.

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    Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Wallace, George N.; Williams, Daniel R. 2006. Place as relationship partner: an alternative metaphor for understanding the quality of visitor experience in a backcountry setting. Leisure Sciences. 28(4): 331-349.


    behavior, emergent experience, identity, place meanings, relationship to place, satisfaction

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