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Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development

Theories and practices of territorialisation, 1st Edition

Edited by Joost Dessein, Elena Battaglini, Lummina Horlings


268 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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Meeting the aims of sustainability is becoming increasingly difficult; at the same time, the call for culture is becoming more powerful. This book explores the relationships between culture, sustainability and regional change through the concept of ‘territorialisation’. This new concept describes the dynamics and processes in the context of regional development, driven by collective human agency that stretches beyond localities and marked-off regional boundaries.

This book launches the concept of ‘territorialisation’ by exploring how the natural environment and culture are constitutive of each other. This concept allows us to study the characterisation of the natural assets of a place, the means by which the natural environment and culture interact, and how communities assign meaning to local assets, add functions and ascribe rules of how to use space. By highlighting the time-space dimension in the use and consumption of resources, territorialisation helps to frame the concept and grasp the meaning of sustainable regional development. Drawing on an international range of case studies, the book addresses both conceptual issues and practical applications of ‘territorialisation’ in a range of contexts, forms, and scales.

The book will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduates in sustainable development, environmental studies, and regional development and planning.


"Sustainability is a complex notion that has rapidly turned into a keyword in politics and also academic research. This topical and important book pushes this debate further by introducing a novel idea of cultural sustainability and how it is related to the complicated processes of regional development. An experienced interdisciplinary group of authors examines this themes from a number of exciting perspectives. The book explores thoroughly, through the concept of territorialisation, how the natural environment and culture are constitutive to each other."Anssi Paasi, Professor of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland

"Territorialisation becomes the focus of regional development in this path-breaking book. We are shown how this concept re-grounds development in place, in culture, in co-production with ‘nature’ within dynamic socio-technical assemblages. The approaches to territorialisation elaborated by the range of contributors shift attention away from the economism of mainstream regional development, giving value to the contingent but always present cultures of place. With empirical elaborations from all over the world we are given adequate illustration of the productivity of this line of thinking. The editors are to be congratulated for steering a well-trodden field in a direction that highlights new pathways towards sustainability."–J.K. Gibson-Graham, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The role of culture in territorialisation Lummina G. Horlings, Elena Battaglini and Joost Dessein 2.‘Sustainable Places’: Place as a Vector of Culture. Two cases from Mexico Michael Redclift and David Manuel-Navarrete 3. Territorialisation and the Assemblage of Rural Place: Examples from Canada and New Zealand Michael Woods 4. The Worldview and Symbolic Dimension in Territorialisation: How Human Values Play a Role ina Dutch Neighbourhood Lummina Horlings 5. Nature and Culture in Territorialisation Processes: Challenges and Insights from a Case-study in Serbia Elena Battaglini and Marjia Babovic 6. Territoriality as Appropriation of Space: How ‘Engaging with Space’ Frames Sociality Leonardo Chiesi 7. Exploring Culture and Sustainability in Rural Finland Mari Kivitalo, Kaisu Kumpulainen and Katriina Soini 8. Territorialisation in Practice: The Case of Saffron Cultivation in Morocco Joost Dessein 9. Is There a Place for Place? How Spaces and Places are Included in the Measures of Sustainable Development and Wellbeing Annalisa Cicerchia 10. Making Territory through Cultural Mapping and Co-Design. How Community Practices Promote Territorialisation Leonardo Chiesi and Paolo Costa 11. How to Scale a Territory? Experiences from the U.S. Frans Padt 12. Culture matters. Planning Processes and Approaches towards Urban Resilience in European Cities and Urban Regions: Two Examples from Brussels and Ljubljana Jenny Atmanagara 13. Re-Creating and Celebrating Place(s) in Designated Space(s): The Case of Wales Eifiona Thomas Lane, Siân Pierce, Arwel Jones and Ian Harris 14. Local Maize Practices and the Culture of Seed in Luoland, West Kenya Paul Hebinck, Nelson Mango and Hellen Kimanthi 15. Les Jardins Partagés in Paris: Cultivating Space, Community and Sustainable Way of Life Monica Caggiano 16. A ‘European Valley’ in South America: Regionalisation, colonisation, and environmental inequalities in Santa Catarina, Brazil Luciano Félix Florit, Lilian Blanck de Oliveira, Reinaldo Matias Fleuri and Rodrigo Wartha 17. Conclusions: Territorialisation, a Challenging Concept for Framing Regional Development Elena Battaglini, Lummina G. Horlings and Joost Dessein

About the Editors

Joost Dessein is Scientific Coordinator of the Social Sciences Unit of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Belgium and Visiting Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics,Ghent University, Belgium.

Elena Battaglini, Senior Researcher, manages the Research Area on Environment & Regional Development of Istituto di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali (IRES), Italy. Member of the Scientific Board of the Italian Sociology Association (AIS), Section Environment and Territory.

Lummina Horlings is Assistant Professor at the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development

Culture as an aspect of sustainability is a relatively new phenomenon but is beginning to attract attention among scholars and policy makers. This series opens up a forum for debate about the role of culture in sustainable development, treating culture and sustainability as a meta-narrative that will bring together diverse disciplines. Key questions explored in this series will include: how should culture be applied in sustainability policies; what should be sustained in culture; what should culture sustain; and what is the relationship of culture to other dimensions of sustainability?

Books in the series will have a variety of geographical foci and reflect different disciplinary approaches (for example geography, sociology, sustainability science, environmental and political sciences, anthropology, history, archaeology and planning). The series will be addressed in particular to postgraduate students and researchers from a wide cross-section of disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

Series Editors:

Katriina Soini, University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland

Joost Dessein, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, Belgium

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy