A Case for Bioregionalism in Place-Based Research

Elise Moreno


Conceptually, bioregionalism is an assemblage of place-based sensibilities that defies attempts to craft it into a seamless theoretical construction. Nevertheless, this article suggests that by foccussing on the needs and values of living in place that occupied early 'bio' regionalists, we can derive a particularly nuanced perspective of the complex interplay between culture in place and nature with the potential to re-animate sustainable community development. Reiterating concerns for spatially defined regions dwarfed by globalisation or lost in the grand narrative of post-modernism, the case for a grassroots bioregionlaism rests on its potential to re-integrate ecological and cultural affiliations within the framework of a place-based sensibility. A sensibility informed by landforms, watersheds, indigenous culture, climatology, and ecology, but also local communites, local norms and local knowledge. Considered reflexively, bioregionalism offers an approach to not only examine the connectivity between people and places, but one with the capacity to confront moral, aesthetic or even spiritual concerns.Â


bioregion; biogeography; spatalised ontology; cultural historicity


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