Implications of Sense of Place and Place-Based Education for Ecological Integrity and Cultural Sustainability in Diverse Places

  • Steven Semken
  • Elizabeth Brandt
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 3)


Emotional and intellectual estrangement – or even the outright eviction – of people from places personally and culturally important to them is rampant in this time of anthropic sprawl, economic globalization, and cultural homogenization. Placelessness (Relph 1976) unmoors individuals, often with detrimental effects to self-identity and well-being. Mass displacement, typically to suit the economic or political purposes of others, removes aboriginal or historically resident populations, each of which possesses a diachronic collective memory of local environmental processes and cycles, hard-won expertise in how to dwell sustainably in a place, and usually the most vested interest in preserving that place. Contested places are the loci of past, ongoing, and potential future conflicts and displacements, which threaten ecological integrity (Nabhan 1997) and cultural sustainability (Cernea 2000) around the globe.


Indigenous People Cultural Landscape Ecological Integrity Regional Survey Place Attachment 
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Ethnographic research conducted by the authors in the Superior area and described in this chapter was part of a project (Sense of Place and Sustainability in Cultural Landscapes) supported by a grant from the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the work of Deborah Williams and Christopher Boone of SHESC and the cooperation of the many Superior-area residents, expatriates, and visitors who have participated in the study.


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  • Steven Semken
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  • Elizabeth Brandt
    • 1
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityArizonaUSA

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