An embodied approach to the co-production of cultural ecosystem services: Towards embodied ecosystem

In this paper, Christopher Raymond, Matteo Giusti and Stephan Barthel propose a new approach to valuing ecosystems, which is based on some of the assumptions of embodied cognition and affordance theory. They compare and contrast embodied approaches to common understandings of the co-production of cultural ecosystem services across three assumptions: 1) perspective on cognition; 2) the position of socio-cultural processes; and 3) typologies used to understand and value human-environment interactions. To support a deeper understanding of co-production, they encourage a shift towards embodied ecosystems for assessing the dynamic relations among mind, body, culture and environment. They discuss some of the advantages and limitations of this approach and conclude with directions for future research.

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