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Nature and Culture

Aims & Scope

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Nature and Culture is now indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)!

Journal Impact Factor: 1.931

Nature and Culture (NC) is a forum for the international community of scholars and practitioners to present, discuss, and evaluate critical issues and themes related to the historical and contemporary relationships that societies, civilizations, empires, regions, and nation-states have with nature. The journal contains a serious interpolation of theory, methodology, criticism, and concrete observation forming the basis of this discussion.

The journal's mission is to move beyond specialized disciplinary enclaves and mindsets toward broader syntheses that encompass time, space, and structures in understanding the nature–culture relationship. The journal furthermore provides an outlet for the identification of knowledge gaps in our understanding of this relationship.

Nature and Culture receives financial support for its editorial operations from the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig.

The editors and editorial board will consider new topics, and authors should not be restricted by those listed below. Current themes are as follows:

  • Cultural Reactions and Conceptions of Nature
  • Degradation and Restoration of Environment
  • Ecological Time and Futures
  • Political and Socioeconomic Arrangements of Landscapes 

For a more detailed explanation of these topics, please see Nature and Culture's themes.

Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, Sociology

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 12, Issue 3, Fall 2017


Feathered Roots and Migratory Routes: Immigrants and Birds in the Anthropocene
J. Cristobal Pizarro and Brendon M. H. Larson

Water, Water Everywhere (or, Seeing Is Believing): The Visibility of Water Supply and the Public Will for Conservation
Kate Pride Brown

Building “Natural” Beauty: Drought and the Shifting Aesthetics of Nature in Santa Barbara, California
Andrew McCumber

Ideology Critique for the Environmental Social Sciences: What Reproduces the Treadmill of Production?
Ryan Gunderson

Review Essay

A Method for the New Materialism
Jaime Moreno Tejada

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