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Capital assets and intercultural borderlands: socio-cultural challenges for natural resource management


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Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X and Davidson, JL 2002 , 'Capital assets and intercultural borderlands: socio-cultural challenges for natural resource management' , Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 66, no. 4 , pp. 429-440 , doi: 10.1006/jema.2002.0597.

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In their design or implementation, many natural resource management (NRM) programs ignore critical socio-cultural
dimensions of the challenge to advance sustainability. Building on particular ideas about culture and human ecosystems, we combine the strengths of the capital assets model of sustainability and the idea of intercultural borderlands to respond to this gap. To advance our thesis about the utility of these tools, we critically reviewed and analysed a cross-disciplinary literature relating to the socio-cultural dimensions of NRM. This paper stems from that labour and examines particular tensions that arise in land management as a result of Australians' specific colonial and postcolonial legacies. These tensions, related to ethnicity, gender, population, age and health, are among the threads in the larger tapestry that comprises the socio-cultural dimensions of NRM. For the Australian case, they are central, longstanding and persistent, and thus worthy of analysis; and they are applicable in general terms to other places with similar histories of settlement and land use.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stratford, E and Davidson, JL
Keywords: natural resource management, the socio-cultural, capital assets, intercultural borderlands, sustainability, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Management
ISSN: 0301-4797
DOI / ID Number: 10.1006/jema.2002.0597
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This work derives from research funded in 2000 by the Social and Institutional Research Program of Land and Water Australia. Information about the original project, about social and institutional knowledge in NRM, may be found at

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