Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Head, L. (2012). Conceptualising the human in cultural landscapes and resilience thinking. In T. Plieninger & C. Bieling (Eds.), Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-shaped Environments (pp. 65-79). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


This chapter starts from the contradiction that, while the empirical evidence increasingly demonstrates how inextricably humans have become embedded in earth surface and atmospheric processes, we maintain separationist ways of talking about things. Our dominant metaphors – cultural landscapes, social-ecological systems, human impacts, human interaction with environment, anthropogenic climate change – all contain within them a dualistic construction of humans and the non-human world (often otherwise known as nature). The chapter makes broad comparisons between cultural landscape approaches and social-ecological systems frameworks as used in resilience thinking in how they each conceptualise the human and human agency.