From Biocultural Homogenization to Biocultural Conservation

  • Ricardo Rozzi
  • Roy H. May Jr.
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
  • Francisca Massardo
  • Michael C. Gavin
  • Irene J. Klaver
  • Aníbal Pauchard
  • Martin A. Nuñez
  • Daniel Simberloff

Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ricardo Rozzi, Roy H. May Jr., F. Stuart Chapin III, Francisca Massardo, Michael C. Gavin, Irene J. Klaver et al.
    Pages 1-17
  3. Biocultural Homogenization

  4. Biotic Homogenization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Martin A. Nuñez, Romina D. Dimarco, Daniel Simberloff
      Pages 219-231
    3. Ramiro D. Crego, Ricardo Rozzi, Jaime E. Jiménez
      Pages 233-243
    4. Rafael A. García, Jorgelina Franzese, Nahuel Policelli, Yamila Sasal, Rafael D. Zenni, Martin A. Nuñez et al.
      Pages 245-263
    5. Rafael Dudeque Zenni, Rafaela Guimarães, Rosana Tidon
      Pages 265-274
    6. Alexandrea Dagmar Safiq, Julie L. Lockwood, Jeffrey A. Brown
      Pages 289-300
  5. Biocultural Conservation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 477-481

About this book


To assess the social processes of globalization that are changing the way in which we co-inhabit the world today, this book invites the reader to essay the diversity of worldviews, with the diversity of ways to sustainably co-inhabit the planet. With a biocultural perspective that highlights planetary ecological and cultural heterogeneity, this book explores three interrelated terms.


First (1), biocultural homogenization, a global, but little perceived, driver of biological and cultural diversity loss that frequently entail social and environmental injustices….


Second (2), biocultural ethics that considers –ontologically and axiologically– the complex interrelationships between habits, habitats, and co-inhabitants that shape their identity and well-being. In ethics, in ancient terms of Homer and Heraclitus, the habit was linked to habitats. These habits affect the co-inhabitants, human and other-than-human, and the diversity of inhabitants. The biocultural ethics aims to recover the early meaning of ethic, derived from ethos—or the den of an animal—that converges to native American and other traditional understandings of ethics…


Third (3), biocultural conservation that seeks social and ecological well-being through the conservation of biological and cultural diversity and their interrelationships. …


Biocultural ethics investigates and evaluates the ecological and social causes and consequences of both biocultural homogenization and biocultural conservation. These three biocultural terms provide a conceptual framework and a methodological approach for interdisciplinary teamwork among ecologists, philosophers and other participants to investigate, and also to reorient, eco-social paths of environmental change towards a sustainability of life.


Biocultural homogenization Biocultural conservation Biotic homogenization Ecology Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Rozzi
    • 1
  • Roy H. May Jr.
    • 2
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
    • 3
  • Francisca Massardo
    • 4
  • Michael C. Gavin
    • 5
  • Irene J. Klaver
    • 6
  • Aníbal Pauchard
    • 7
  • Martin A. Nuñez
    • 8
  • Daniel Simberloff
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religion and Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Departamento Ecuménico de InvestigacionesSan JoséCosta Rica
  3. 3.Institute of Arctic BiologyUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  4. 4.Instituto de Ecología y BiodiversidadPuerto WilliamsChile
  5. 5.Human Dimensions of Natural Resources DepartmentColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  6. 6.Department of Philosophy and ReligionUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  7. 7.Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  8. 8.Grupo de Ecología de Invasiones, INIBIOMACONICET-Universidad Nacional del ComahueBarilocheArgentina
  9. 9.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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