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Culture, Environmental Action, and Sustainability

The contributions, carefully selected and edited from presentations at the 17th Conference of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) held in Coruna, Spain, deal with the following main themes: culture, quality of life, and globalization; environmental action and participation; urban sustainability and cultural diversity; children and the environment; the elderly and the environment. A useful tool for researchers, students, and those involved in decision-making processes, this book should contribute to the improved management of environmental resources within a framework of sustainability, multiculturalism, and responsible environmental action.
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Culture, Quality of Life and Globalization: Culture, quality of life and globalization; Our uncommon future; Globalisation, common dilemmas and sustainable quality of life. What can we do, what can we want, what may we achieve?; At home everywhere and nowhere - Making place in the global village.Environmental Action and Participation: Action competence in environmental education; Participatory action research as a participatory approach to addressing environmental issues; Neighbouring, sense of community and participation - research in the city of Genoa; An empirical examination of environmental values and behaviours in traditional Chinese culture; Some sociodemographic and sociopsychological predictors or environmentalism; Sustainable technology and user participation. Assessing ecological housing concepts by focus group discussions. Urban Sustainability and Cultural Diversity: City-dwellers' relationship networks - patterns of adjustment to urban constraints; Planned gentrification as a means of urban regeneration; Ubiquitous technology, the media age, and the ideal of sustainability; Applying urban indicators to clarify the urban development of Taipei; Choosing sustainability - the persistence of nonmotorized transport in Chinese cities; A cultural comparative analysis of two villages in Storm Valley, Rize; The dialectics of urban play; Gated communities and urban planning - Globalization national policy; Performance and appropriation of residential streets and public open spaces. Children and the Environment: Evaluating links intensity in social networks in a school context through observational designs; Projects and policy for childhood in Italy; The body goes to the city - research on safe routes to school and playgrounds in Ferrara i; Environmental comfort and school buildings - the case of Campinas, SP, Brazil. Elderly and the Environment: Smaller units and more homelike nursing homes give more satisfied residents and relatives, and they are cheaper to run; New urbanism as a factor in elderly mobility; Founding houses for the elderly - on housing needs or dwelling needs?; Older Spanish adults' activities focused on raising and education of children and young persons in their family environments.

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