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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 THEIR CO-PRODUCTION This handbook is a key critical research resource for researchers and practitioners across the social sciences and their contributions to related disciplines associated with the fast developing interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.

Marginalisation of Traditional Groups and the Degradation of Nature
Marginalisation of Traditional Groups and the Degradation of Nature
Emma Shepheard-Walwyn

Around the world, many indigenous cultures, and their associated traditional belief systems, have helped to manage and conserve the natural environment. A number of studies show that there are positive correlations between cultural and biological diversity, and between threatened cultural diversity and species extinction risk (Maffi, 2001, 2005; Maiero & Shen, 2004; Mishler, 2001; Smith, 2001; Sutherland, 1993). The survival of indigenous cultures and their traditions are inseparably linked to the well-being of the natural environment in which these traditions arose (Pungetti, Hughes, & Rackham, 2012a). Vecsey (1980) posits the theory that culture fundamentally arises from environmental relations, and he notes that some indigenous societies are ...

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