The Tragicomedy of the Surfers’ Commons

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Daniel Nazer’s interesting paper The Tragicomedy of the Surfers’ Commons examines surfing through an economic lens.  More specifically, not surfing as an industry (equipment, contests, apparel, or media), but as an activity with a finite resource: surf spots.  Nazer suggests certain parallels (and differences) with the tragedy of the commons and resource management via surfing’s social norms, and localism in particular.

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  1. […] Sean Tucker wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Daniel Nazer’s interesting paper The Tragicomedy of the Surfers’ Commons examines surfing through an economic lens.  More specifically, not surfing as an industry (equipment, contests, apparel, or media), but as an activity with a finite resource: surf spots.  Nazer suggests certain parallels (and differences) with the tragedy of the commons and resource management via surfing’s social norms, and localism in particular. […]


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