Katie Hargus
Small Places: Homogenization and Biocultural Education
Mentor: Dr. Colin Bates
How can we root, cultivate, and communicate our connections? Earth’s diversity is sustained by myriad connections between cultural/ecological landscapes and communities. Locally diverse connections are vital in maintaining resilience amidst climate change, land degradation, and food insecurity (e.x.). However, dominant socio-political paradigms suppress this diversity – partially through standardized forms of education. I argue that the emerging framework of ‘biocultural diversity’, which subverts dominant paradigms through renewed focus on local landscape-community connections, can be applied within educational systems. These biocultural forms of education can help cultivate a resurgence of resilient ‘small places’ at the nexus of learning and living.
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