Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1999

Abstract

In this paper, we explore the ways in which young people in a highly urbanised setting experience and develop constructions of nature. We do so by using Singapore as our case study, an Asian context in which urbanisation is total (Singapore's population is totally urbanised), Based on focus group discussions, we conclude that young Singaporeans have little interest in and affinity for nature. This stems from a few factors: growing up in a highly urban environment in which contact with nature is limited; over-protective parents of two-children families who worry about the 'dangers' their children are exposed to when playing in natural areas; and the abundance of other recreational and entertainment options. This predisposes them to adopting the rationality of the State in privileging development priorities above conservation imperatives. We conclude by suggesting that certain activities be introduced to bring people, especially children, to nature areas so that their civic and emotional development may be enhanced.

Keywords

nature, Singapore, focus group discussions, young people, conservation, development

Discipline

Asian Studies | Human Geography | Urban Studies

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

Volume

90

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

16

ISSN

0040-747X

Identifier

10.1111/1467-9663.00046

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9663.00046

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