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Capital assets and intercultural borderlands: socio-cultural challenges for natural resource management


Stratford, E and Davidson, JL, Capital assets and intercultural borderlands: socio-cultural challenges for natural resource management, Journal of Environmental Management, 66, (4) pp. 429-440. ISSN 0301-4797 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/jema.2002.0597


In their design or implementation, many natural resource management (NPM) programs ignore critical socio-cultural dimensions of the challenge to advance sustainability. Building on particular ideas about culture and human ecosystems, we combine the strengths of the capital assets model of sustainability and the idea of intercultural borderlands to respond to this gap. To advance our thesis about the utility of these tools, we critically reviewed and analysed a cross-disciplinary literature relating to the socio-cultural dimensions of NRM. This paper stems from that labour and examines particular tensions that arise in land management as a result of Australians' specific colonial and postcolonial legacies. These tensions-related to ethnicity, gender, population, age and health - are among the threads in the larger tapestry that comprises the socio-cultural dimensions of NRM. For the Australian case, they are central, longstanding and persistent, and thus worthy of analysis; and they are applicable in general terms to other places with similar histories of settlement and land use. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Institutional arrangements
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Davidson, JL (Dr Julie Davidson)
ID Code:24591
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-04

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