Communicating a “New” Environmental Vernacular: A Sense of Relations-in-Place
Abstract:This study focuses on communication as a lens and tool for reinvigorating and empowering marginalized cultural environmental relations. We use a community-based cultural approach to identify a core Hispanic premise of a sense of relations-in-place. This premise constitutes nature as a socially integrated space that provides the grounding for human relations, and differs from dominant Western discourses that constitute nature as an entity separate from humans. The study's interpretation of a more integrated orientation to environment has the potential to inform wider alternative ecocultural discourses and applications that are more inclusive, and perhaps more sustainable.
Keywords: Chicano/a; Ecocultural Premise; Environmental Communication; Environmental Meanings; Hispanic; Latino/a; Nature–Culture Binary; New Mexico; Relations-in-Place; Resolana; Sense of Self-in-Place; US Southwest
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2011