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Fabrizio Frascaroli

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 52: Community Places, Contested Spaces: A Political Ecology of Italian Sacred Natural Sites between Cooperation and Conflict

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Community Places, Contested Spaces: A Political Ecology of Italian Sacred Natural Sites between Cooperation and Conflict
Community Places, Contested Spaces: A Political Ecology of Italian Sacred Natural Sites between Cooperation and Conflict
Fabrizio Frascaroli
Introduction and Aims

The sanctification of landscapes and natural features has been common throughout history and among faiths (Bhagwat & Rutte, 2006; Park, 1994; Verschuuren et al., 2010). It is believed that these revered patches of land or water, commonly referred to as sacred natural sites (SNS; Wild & McLeod, 2008), are symbolic expressions of a deep, nearly universal bond between people and nature (Harmon & Putney, 2003). More recently, SNS have also drawn the attention of practitioners and scholars in biodiversity conservation. Numerous studies have indeed demonstrated that SNS often shelter threatened ...

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