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Nature and Culture

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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, 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 mission of the journal is to move beyond specialized disciplinary enclaves and mind-sets 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: Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 11, Issue 3, Winter 2016


Special Symposium on “Socialities of Nature Beyond Utopia”

Guest Editors: Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh


Introduction: Socialities of Nature Beyond Utopia
Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh


The Governance of the Nature-Culture Nexus: Lessons Learned from the San Pedro de Atacama Case Study
Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

Climate Cosmopolitics and the Possibilities for Urban Planning
Donna Houston, Diana McCallum, Wendy Steele, and Jason Byrne

Utopian Spaces, Dystopian Places? A Local Community-Based Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility
Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

Whose Utopia? Our Utopia! Competing Visions of the Future at the UN Climate Talks
Richard Widick and John Foran

Community-Based Auditing: A Post-Normal Science Methodology
Phil Tattersall

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