Demographic Fluidity and Moral Ecology: Queenstown (Tasmania) and a Lesson in Precarious Process

  • Pete Hay
Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)


It is argued that communities embodying the conditions identified by Karl Jacoby as constituting a moral ecology are threatened by processes of gentrification, and these are now gathering pace throughout the western world. These communities may evince an environmental sensibility, but such a sensibility will not be the moral ecology of which Jacoby writes, the latter requiring the development, through time, of mores of sustainability forged through a long and intimate engagement by a community with its ambient environment. The paper examines changing environmental attitudes within the Tasmanian mining town of Queenstown as a lens through which his argument can be demonstrated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pete Hay
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  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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