From difficult dualisms to entangled complexity

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This chapter examines a number of dualisms: tangible and intangible, human and non-human, and Western science and traditional knowledge. It discusses that the concept of cultural landscape has played a role in challenging the dualisms. Fijn’s work sits within the work in anthropology, geography, archaeology, history, science and technology studies, and urban ecology that is concerned with decentring humans; that is, decentring humans from a position of superiority over animals to interdependence between humans and other species. The Western science approach to fire risk management has, for more than a century, relied on the application of hazard reduction or planned burns: the controlled use of fire to reduce fuel such as dead wood, leaf litter, bark, and shrubs in forested and open landscapes. Thus, creating dualisms and then calling for their ‘interaction’ to be described in work of documentation and management of landscapes is problematic and, furthermore, can have damaging consequences for understanding the richness and diversity of heritage landscapes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Practice
EditorsSteve Brown, Cari Goelcheus
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351787079
ISBN (Print)9781138703490
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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