Conservation Social Science
Understanding People, Conserving Biodiversity
1. Auflage März 2023
384 Seiten, Hardcover
While much of the decision-making for implementing conservation strategies requires the input of ecologists, the success of that implementation requires input primarily from the social sciences. People and their behavior is at the heart of all conservation effort. This groundbreaking textbook explains how the various social sciences contribute to biodiversity conservation planning and implementation. With chapters on human geography, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology, the book concludes with a new conservation paradigm.
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Conservation Social Science
Groundbreaking book that examines the essential contribution of the social sciences to understanding and conserving biodiversity across the globe
Authored by leading scholars at the nexus of social science and biodiversity conservation, Conservation Social Science addresses the growing realization that biodiversity conservation is, at heart, a social phenomenon. Threats to biological diversity are influenced by a wide range of political, economic and cultural factors. The conservation of biodiversity is conceived and carried out by people. Biodiversity conservation is a manifestation of human beliefs and values. Choices about which species and habitats to conserve, how to prioritize efforts, and how to conserve them are inherently social - with consequences not just for wildlife but also human lives and livelihoods.
Key topics covered in this thought-provoking text include:
* An introduction to key social science disciplines and how each field specifically relates to biodiversity conservation
* How to make social sciences an integral part of conservation strategies and initiatives
* How social science theories and analytic approaches can explain and help predict patterns of human behavior
* How biodiversity conservation as a ubiquitous societal phenomenon can provide insights into human society in general
Conservation Social Science is an essential, one-of-a-kind survey of novel approaches to explaining and fostering more effective, just, and enduring conservation of biodiversity. It is academically rigorous and comprehensive in scope, yet sufficiently nontechnical and concise to be accessible to a global audience of students, faculty, and environmental professionals and policymakers.
2. Social Science Foundations
3. Anthropology and Conservation
4. Economics and Conservation
5. Human Geography and Conservation
6. Political Science and Conservation
7. Psychology and Conservation
8. Sociology and Conservation
9. Conclusion: Toward Better Conversations about Conservation
Ivan R. Scales, PhD is Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Michael B. Mascia, PhD is Senior Scientist and Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, USA.