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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

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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