Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): David P. Robertson; R. Bruce Hull
    Date: 2003
    Source: Natural Areas Journal 23(2):180-189
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
    PDF: View PDF  (1.45 MB)

    Description

    The idea of a Southern Appalachian Ecosystem is now so much a part of our everyday language that many of the people who talk, write, and make decisions about thc place are unaware of the long and complicated history behind the idea. One primary purpose of this case study was to demonstrate how the Southern Appalachian Ecosystem has been socially constructed and reified as a scientific fact in contemporary environmental discourse. In addition, we dicuss the implications of this particular sense of place for biodiverity, land use, and community development. Ultimately, our goal is to help establish a common ground between the infinite number of competing visions that are possible and plausible for this one unique place. We do so primarily by advocating a more biocultural worldview - a view of the world that seeks to transcend the dichotomous categories nature and culture perpetuated by modern, western thought. Our intention is to contribute to the creation of not merely a sustainable but a truly desirable postmodern future of human ecosystems rich in biocultural diverstty.

    Publication Notes

    • Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
    • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
    • During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
    • Please contact Sharon Hobrla, shobrla@fs.fed.us if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

    Citation

    Robertson, David P.; Hull, R. Bruce 2003. Biocultural Ecology: Exploring the Social Construction of the Southern Appalachain Ecosystem. Natural Areas Journal 23(2):180-189

    Keywords

    cultured naturalness, human ecosystems, public ecology, sense of place, Southern Appalachians

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page