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TitleResilience and the cultural landscape : understanding and managing change in human-shaped environments
Author edited by, Tobias Plieninger, Claudia Bieling
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Descript xvi, 348 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm


All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they might be adapted or managed. This book brings together these two perspectives, providing new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by coming to terms with, and challenging, the concepts of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. By linking these research communities, this book develops a new perspective on landscape changes. Based on firm conceptual contributions and rich case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it will appeal to anyone interested in analysing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability. -- From back cover


PART I CONCEPTUALISING LANDSCAPES AND SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS : Connecting cultural landscapes to resilience ; Landscapes as integrating frameworks for human, environmental and policy processes ; From cultural landscapes to resilient social-ecological systems: transformation of a classical paradigm or a novel approach? ; Conceptualising the human in cultural landscapes and resilience thinking ; System or arena? Conceptual concerns around the analysis of landscape dynamics ; Resilience thinking vs. political ecology: understanding the dynamics of small-scale, labour-intensive farming landscapes

Resilience (Ecology) Cultural landscapes Landscape changes Social ecology

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