Towards a Sociology of the Coast

Our Past, Present and Future Relationship to the Shore

  • Nick Osbaldiston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Nick Osbaldiston
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  3. Nick Osbaldiston
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  4. Nick Osbaldiston
    Pages 35-66
  5. Nick Osbaldiston
    Pages 67-98
  6. Nick Osbaldiston
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  7. Nick Osbaldiston
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-275

About this book


This book seeks to understand the coast as a place that has deep significance both historically and sociologically. Using several case studies in Australia, the author uses Max Weber’s approach to rationalisation to understand the different ways coasts have been interpreted throughout modern history. While today, coastal places are known for their aspects of lifestyle or adventure, their histories, underpinned by colonialism and industrialization, are vastly different. The author examines the delicate dichotomy between the alternative experiences the coast provides today, versus the ideals and values imposed upon it in times gone by. The author makes an ethical argument about the ways in which we use and experience the coast today will adversely affect the lives of future generations in an attempt to generate further discussion amongst students and scholars of the sociology of place, as well as coastal managers and stakeholders. 


coast sociology of the coast beaches history of the coast sociology of the coast Australian beach history urban beaches infrastructure on coasts coastal villages or townships Maritime sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Nick Osbaldiston
    • 1
  1. 1.James Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48679-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48680-6
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