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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 371-387

Finding Place in Nature: 'Intellectual' and Local Knowledge in a Spanish Natural Park

School of History and Anthroplogy, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, United Kingdom

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Katrin A Lund
School of History and Anthroplogy, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN
United Kingdom
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This paper looks at how nature is conceptualised in different ways by different groups of people in order to problematise the way in which anthropology naturalises populations by 'rooting' them in various geographi­cal places. The ethnography is based on a fieldwork in a village located in the Natural Park of the Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarra, Spain. By locating the ethnographic discussion in a Linnaean system of natural classification, the aim is to show that how people place nature, and place themselves in nature, is depending on how they place themselves amongst others. Furthermore, how people place themselves amongst others, needs to be analysed in relation to how people move differently, and for different reasons, to and from a place as well as within a place in diverse spatio/temporal contexts.

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