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Danger From the Outside in: Resident Perceptions of Environmental Contamination in Home Environments

Connon, Irena; Prior, Jason; Fam, Dena

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Research examining human experiences of environmental contamination highlights the significance of place in influencing responses. However, a dearth of information exists on how indoor contamination affects experiences of living with legacies of land and groundwater pollution. This paper addresses this shortfall by drawing on evidence derived from an online survey, 10 semi-structured interviews, and a focus group to examine factors associated with lifescape change in home environments. The...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorConnon, Irena
dc.contributor.authorPrior, Jason
dc.contributor.authorFam, Dena
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-15T05:41:26Z
dc.date.available2019-03-15T05:41:26Z
dc.identifier.issn1074-4827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/157156
dc.description.abstractResearch examining human experiences of environmental contamination highlights the significance of place in influencing responses. However, a dearth of information exists on how indoor contamination affects experiences of living with legacies of land and groundwater pollution. This paper addresses this shortfall by drawing on evidence derived from an online survey, 10 semi-structured interviews, and a focus group to examine factors associated with lifescape change in home environments. The findings suggest that perceptions of the visibility and transferability of contaminants, and whether such contaminants are located in either indoor or outdoor domestic spaces, influence residents’ experiences, in turn. Through its focus on interactions between people and pollution, this article makes an original contribution to research on the spatial dynamics of individuals’ experiences with contamination. In concluding, this paper highlights the need for public health communication to provide clear guidance aimed at reducing feelings of uncertainty within domestic spheres.
dc.format.extent1 vol.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceHuman Ecology Review
dc.subjectenvironmental contamination
dc.subjecthome environment
dc.subjectlifescape change
dc.subjectontological security
dc.subjectrisk perception
dc.titleDanger From the Outside in: Resident Perceptions of Environmental Contamination in Home Environments
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume24
dc.date.issued2018-01
local.publisher.urlhttps://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage129
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage151
local.identifier.doi10.22459/HER.24.02.2018.07
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND; creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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