Cultural Hybridity and the Environment

Strategies to celebrate local and Indigenous knowledge

  • Kirsten Maclean

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Kirsten Maclean
    Pages 1-13
  3. The Foundations for a New Conceptual Framework for Cultural Hybridity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 17-37
  4. Edge Politics in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 63-84
    3. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 85-112
  5. Local Voices in the Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 115-130
    3. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 131-143
  6. Knowledge Networks Across the Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 147-160
    3. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 161-176
  7. Strategies for Cultural Hybridity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Kirsten Maclean
      Pages 197-206
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-215

About this book


This book highlights the importance of diversity in overcoming issues of social and environmental degradation. It presents conceptual and practical strategies to celebrate local and Indigenous knowledge for improved community development and environmental management.

David Harvey has proclaimed, “The geography we make must be a peoples’ geography.” This clarion call challenges geographers around the world to consider the power and potential of geographic knowledge as the basis for social action – a call this book answers, providing readers the theoretical and conceptual tools needed to understand the social world and empowering them to mobilize social change.

The author uses empirical case studies of two environmental management and community development projects to document how knowledge generation is “essentially locally situated and socially derived.” In doing so she charts a path for moving beyond what Vandana Shiva so aptly describes as “monocultures of the mind.” The book argues that local and Indigenous knowledge must not be seen in opposition to scientific knowledge, as none of these knowledge traditions hold all the answers to localized socio-environmental problems. Rather, as the author explores through a set of processes and strategies to enable, support and celebrate ‘cultural hybridity’ at the local environmental governance scale, these respective knowledge systems can learn to speak to each other. Such dialogue has the potential to support more sustainable outcomes at multiple environmental governance locales.

This book will be of interest to everyone involved in environmental policy, planning or politics, and for those who want to make this planet a more sustainable and just place.


Community development projects Contemporary human geography Cultural interpretations of the Australian landscape Ecological sustainability Engaging the third cultural space Environmental governance Environmental management Human Geography Knowledge Resource management policy Social interpretations of the Australian landscape

Authors and affiliations

  • Kirsten Maclean
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO (Adaptive Social and Economic Systems Program)Dutton ParkAustralia

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