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- Biocultural conservation in Cape Horn: the Magellanic woodpecker as a charismatic species
- This book chapter discusses a research project to promote biocultural conservation in Cape Horn, Chile. At the southernmost tip of the Americas, the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (CHBR) encompasses one of the world's most pristine remaining wilderness areas and is home to the indigenous Yaghan (or Yamana) community, which featured prominently in Charles Darwin's 'Voyage of the Beagle'. Its remoteness and uniqueness, however, are threatened by the introduction of exotic species such as the North American beaver and American mink, increasing development pressures from new connectivity, resource exploitation, and the development of tourism. To implement the biosphere reserve and conserve its natural and cultural richness requires the active participation of the community, as well as linkages and integration between various disciplines and institutions. In an effort to achieve the goal of transdisciplinary integration, the authors used the strategy of identifying a charismatic species, since doing so serves to motivate people towards biodiversity conservation, to communicate ecological concepts, and to integrate both the ecological and social dimensions of sustainability. This study was developed together with the population of Puerto Williams, a town with 2200 inhabitants located on Navarino Island, and the largest human settlement within the CHBR.
- Dear Facebook
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This book chapter is written in the form of a break-up letter from the author to the social networking website, Facebook. It discusses social networking, technological changes, urbanization, globalization, media technology, and philosophical ideas about society.
- Media and Communication
- This book chapter discusses media and communication. Language is commonly singled out as the essence of humanity (Cassirer 1925). Human beings are co-creators, because they give names to the plants and animals. They invent symbols to represent things in their world, which allows them to share the contents of their minds with one another. Thus, as linguistic creatures, humans are also inherently social, because they inhabit a shared symbolic order made possible by their powers of representation and communication. And because of this pervasive character of communication in the development of the human species, media and communication studies have not been contained in an explicit discipline, with its own subject matter. Interdisciplinarity has been essential for understanding it.