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Place-Based Conservation

Perspectives from the Social Sciences

Stewart, William P., Williams, Daniel R., Kruger, Linda (Eds.)

2013, XI, 264 p. 18 illus., 1 illus. in color.

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  • Presents a human-centered approach to conservation that incorporates and draws on the deepest meanings of place
  • Draws on such diverse disciplines as human geography, urban planning, communications, environmental psychology, rural sociology, geographic information systems, and community development
  • Provides strategies for involving the public in conservation planning decisions
  • Benefits land-use planners, conservationists, researchers and policy makers

The concept of “Place” has become prominent in natural resource management, as professionals increasingly recognize the importance of scale, place-specific meanings, local knowledge, and  social-ecological dynamics. Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences offers a thorough examination of the topic, dividing its exploration into four broad areas.

Part One, Conceptual Issues of Place-Based Conservation, distinguishes and clarifies social science approaches. Part Two, Experiencing Place, probes the sources and effects of deeply individual relationships that people develop with places and landscapes. The third part, Representing Place, explores the ways in which human relationships with places are represented, become more visible and public and are transformed by conservation practices. The final section, Mapping Place, illustrates emerging techniques that connect meanings and sentiments to the material and locational characteristics of places.

Place-Based Conservation provides a comprehensive resource for researchers and practitioners to help build the conceptual grounding necessary to understand and to effectively practice  place-based conservation.                      

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Conservation Practice - Landscape Planning - Local Knowledge - Place Attachment - Stakeholder Involvement

Related subjects » Environmental Management - Environmental Sciences - Geography - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Population Studies - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

1: The Emergence of Place-Based Conservation

Daniel R. Williams*, William P. Stewart, and Linda E. Kruger

Part I: Conceptual Issues of Place-Based Conservation

2: Science, Practice and Place

Daniel R. Williams*

3: Conservation That Connects Multiple Scales of Place

Courtney Flint*

4: Organizational Cultures and Place-Based Conservation

Patricia A. Stokowski*

5: Community, Place, and Conservation

Gene L. Theodori* and Gerard T. Kyle

Part II: Experiencing Place

6: Sensing Value in Place

Herbert Schroeder*

7: Place Meanings as Lived Experience

James R. Barkley* and Linda E. Kruger

8: Personal Experience and Public Place Creation

Tyra Olstad*

9: Volunteer Meanings in the Making of Place

Ben Amsden*, Richard C. Stedman, and Linda E. Kruger

Part III: Representing Place

10: Integrating Divergent Representations of Place into Decision Contexts

Damon M. Hall*, Susan J. Gilbertz, Cristi C. Horton, and Tarla Rai Peterson

11: Sharing Stories of Place to Foster Social Learning

William P. Stewart*, Troy D. Glover, and James R. Barkley

12: Rural Property, Collective Action, and Place-Based Conservation

Paul Van Auken* and Shaun Golding

13: Whose Sense of Place? A Political Ecology of Amenity Development

Patrick T. Hurley*

Part IV: Mapping Place

14: Participatory Place Mapping in Fire Planning

Michael Cacciapaglia and Laurie Yung*

15: Participatory Mapping of Place Values in Northwestern Ontario

Norman McIntyre*, Perrine Lesueur and Jeff Moore

16: Place Mapping to Protect Cultural Landscapes on Tribal Lands

Alan Watson*, Steve Carver, Roian Van Ness, Tim Waters, Kari Gunderson, and Brett Davis

17: Place Attachment for Wildland Recreation Planning

Neal Christensen* and James Burchfield

18: From Describing to Prescribing: Transitioning to Place-Based Conservation

William P. Stewart*, Daniel R. Williams, and Linda E. Kruger

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