Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development: Theories and practices of territorialisation - Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development (Hardback)Joost Dessein (editor), Elena Battaglini (editor), Lummina Horlings (editor)
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Meeting the aims of sustainability is becoming increasingly difficult; at the same time, the call for culture is becoming more powerful. This book explores the relationships between culture, sustainability and regional change through the concept of `territorialisation'. This new concept describes the dynamics and processes in the context of regional development, driven by collective human agency that stretches beyond localities and marked-off regional boundaries.
This book launches the concept of `territorialisation' by exploring how the natural environment and culture are constitutive of each other. This concept allows us to study the characterisation of the natural assets of a place, the means by which the natural environment and culture interact, and how communities assign meaning to local assets, add functions and ascribe rules of how to use space. By highlighting the time-space dimension in the use and consumption of resources, territorialisation helps to frame the concept and grasp the meaning of sustainable regional development. Drawing on an international range of case studies, the book addresses both conceptual issues and practical applications of `territorialisation' in a range of contexts, forms, and scales.
The book will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduates in sustainable development, environmental studies, and regional development and planning.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
"Sustainability is a complex notion that has rapidly turned into a keyword in politics and also academic research. This topical and important book pushes this debate further by introducing a novel idea of cultural sustainability and how it is related to the complicated processes of regional development. An experienced interdisciplinary group of authors examines this themes from a number of exciting perspectives. The book explores thoroughly, through the concept of territorialisation, how the natural environment and culture are constitutive to each other."-Anssi Paasi, Professor of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
"Territorialisation becomes the focus of regional development in this path-breaking book. We are shown how this concept re-grounds development in place, in culture, in co-production with `nature' within dynamic socio-technical assemblages. The approaches to territorialisation elaborated by the range of contributors shift attention away from the economism of mainstream regional development, giving value to the contingent but always present cultures of place. With empirical elaborations from all over the world we are given adequate illustration of the productivity of this line of thinking. The editors are to be congratulated for steering a well-trodden field in a direction that highlights new pathways towards sustainability."-J.K. Gibson-Graham, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
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