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Community Attachment: The Complexity and Consequence of the Natural Environment Facet

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The primary objective of this paper is to examine more closely the complex nature of the natural environment dimension of community attachment using the narratives of local community members. This work seeks to build and elaborate on previous quantitative analyses that demonstrated two distinct dimensions of community attachment––social and natural environment. The findings reveal several distinct facets of the natural environment dimension of community attachment and demonstrate both a discreet perception of the natural environment in terms of community attachment as well as one that is more embedded within the social context of a particular lifestyle. The findings further demonstrate the need to include consideration of the natural environment in the broader assessment of community attachment and bolster previous quantitative research findings.

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  1. For the purpose of this research, a high amenity community is conceptualized as a community with an abundance of natural elements such as wildlife, forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, and landscape views. These elements are viewed as an ‘amenity’ in that they contribute to the overall quality of life in the community.

  2. Although the rationale for selection and the general description of the community are accurate, the community name has been changed and the state reference removed to protect the anonymity of respondents.

  3. “Social Change and Adaptation in Response to Shifting Sustenance Structures in Western Rural Communities,” funded by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UTA 00839).

  4. For a complete explanation of the quantitative data collection, see Brehm et al. (2004).

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Brehm, J.M. Community Attachment: The Complexity and Consequence of the Natural Environment Facet. Hum Ecol 35, 477–488 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-006-9104-3

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