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Cultural Ecology: Paradigm for a Sustainable Man-Nature Relationship

  • Chiara PiccardoEmail author
  • Maria Canepa
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71067-9_26-1
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Definition

Cultural ecology is a methodological approach to investigate the relationship between humans and environments, considering culture as a key to understanding the evolutionary process, differently from other living beings. In the last decades, the change of paradigm in man-nature relationship and the broader meaning of ecology have influenced the cultural ecology approach.

This concept plays a leading role in different knowledge fields, such as anthropology, archaeology, ecology, geography, and landscape urbanism, to face and manage complex systems and stimulate further reflections on the social, economic, and environmental issues for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Background

Key Issues

From its very beginning, the aim of cultural ecology was to provide a key to understanding the relationship between environment and society. As stated by Steward ( 1955), who coined the term in his Theory of Cultural Change, cultural ecology is a methodological tool to...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and DesignUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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