My Landscape or Yours? An Integrating Framework for Multiple Disciplinary Perceptions of Landscape
Landscape is a topic in which many disciplines (in both the sciences and social sciences) take a theoretical and applied interest. Societies, communities and culture groups also have shared, contested and overlapping interests in landscape. Fragmented understandings of landscape are often the result, in which certain disciplinary and/or cultural views dominate. Many authors have commented that landscape’s promise as a unifying and integrating theme has been blighted by the lack of suitable ‘bridging’ concepts between the disciplines. This paper is based on research undertaken in New Zealand on multiple perceptions of landscape. Using two case studies, a theoretical model (the Cultural Values Model) was developed which offers an integrating framework to convey the relative contributions of different disciplines and groups. The model shows promise in supporting transdisciplinary understandings of landscape in both theoretical and applied settings. This paper discusses some of these applications.
Keywords: Landscape, Cultural Values Model, Interdisciplinary, Integrated Framework, New Zealand
Dr. Janet Stephenson
Professional Practice Fellow, Geography Department, University of Otago