Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

by Lesley Head

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Cultural landscapes are usually understood within physical geography as those transformed by human action. As human influence on the earth increases, advances in palaeocological reconstruction have also allowed for new interpretations of the evidence for the earliest human impacts on the environment. It is essential that such evidence is examined in the context of modern trends in social sciences and humanities. This stimulating new book argues that convergence of the two approaches can provide a more holistic understanding of long-term physical and human processes.

Split into two major sections, this book attempts to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities. The first section, provides an analysis of the methodological tools employed in examining processes of environmental change. Empirical research in the fields of palaecology and Quaternary studies is combined with the latest theoretical views of nature and landscape occurring in cultural geography, archaeology and anthropology. The author examines the way in which environmental management decisions are made. The book then moves on to discuss the relevance of this perspective to contemporary issues through a wide variety of international case studies, including World Heritage protection, landscape preservation, indigenous people and cultural tourism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317835967
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/25/2017
Series: Key Issues in Environmental Change
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Part 1 Overview
Quarrying yams: perspectives from the edge
Contingent constructions - cultural landscapes and environmental change
Part 2 Methodological and Conceptual Tools from the Sciences
Transformed landscapes - human impacts and the palaeoecological record
The question of naturalness - environmental change in ecology and palaeoecology
Part 3 Methodological and Conceptual Tools from the Humanities
The social construction of nature and landscape
The production of knowledge and its policy implications
Part 4 Contemporary Issues and the Long Term Perspective
Protecting places
Restored, (p)reserved and created landscapes
Humanised landscapes - a place for people?
Identity, heritage and tourism.

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