Recreational Uses of Coastal Areas

A Research Project of the Commission on the Coastal Environment, International Geographical Union

  • Paolo Fabbri

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Regional Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. V. A. Mamykina, Yuri P. Khrustalev
      Pages 63-68
    3. Consuelo Castro, M. Inés Valenzuela
      Pages 83-87
    4. Jean-Marie M. Dubois, Marc Chênevert
      Pages 89-99
  3. Coastal Recreation in Adverse Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Maurice L. Schwartz
      Pages 103-110
    3. Tormod Klemsdal
      Pages 125-132
    4. Donald W. Davis
      Pages 149-163
  4. Planning for Recreation

  5. Miscellaneous

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Niels West
      Pages 257-275

About this book


Human clustering in coastal areas The coastal zone has gained a solid reputation as a place vocated for recreational activities and this is generally related to the presence of the sea. The relationship, however, does not appear univocal or simple: the sea can be perceived as a hostile element by humans and the more general question of whether the presence of the shore is in itself a favourable, repulsive, or irrelevant factor to settlement is a debatable point, at least for pre-industrial societies. Back in the early part of the 19th century, Friedrich Hegel regarded oceans and rivers as unifying elements rather than dividing ones, thus implying a trend towards the concentration of human settlements along them. 'The sea', he wrote, 'stimulates 1 courage and conquest, as well as profit and plunder', although he realized that this did not equally apply to all maritime peoples. In Hegel's view, different approaches to the sea were mainly the results of cultural factors and, in fact, he recognized that some people living in coastal areas perceive the sea as a dangerous and alien place and the shore as aftnis terrae.


Conservation development environment morphology research

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Fabbri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Historical DisciplinesUniversity of BolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7576-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2391-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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