The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Biocultural Diversity and Sustainability

Biocultural diversity and sustainability


Conventional approaches to environmental conservation have tended to consider the role of humans only or mostly in terms of the threats that the intensification of human extractive and transformative activities poses for the environment. From this perspective, finding solutions to environmental problems largely means seeking to put a halt to those activities by “taking human hands off” what is seen as the last remaining pristine environments on the planet (Terborgh, 1999). Underlying this perspective is a philosophical view that depicts humans as external to, and separate from, nature, and interacting with it mostly in an effort to establish dominion over it (Eldredge, 1995). Complementarily, nature is seen as separate from humans and as existing in a primordial, “virgin” ...

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