Cultural Landscapes


After years of languishing on the edges, the study of landscape and the interpretation of place and space have returned to centre stage in the curriculum of the social and human sciences. The new cultural history, the new cultural anthropology, and the new cultural geography have many common interests in these fields, like European ethnology which is traditionally affiliated to these questions as well. This article draws its material from a hunting-case on the shooting grounds of the dukes of Augustenborg (in the present-day Danish-German border region) around 1780 and its finale in a down-right massacre of ducal deer.Through analysing this case, the article shows some of the possibilities for landscape interpretation in cultural analysis in general and contributes to the knowledge of how power and authority both created and (in part) were created through different landscape use and interpretation.

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Pederson, M. V., (2001) “Cultural Landscapes”, Ethnologia Europaea 31(1), 5-20. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.


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Mikkel Venborg Pederson (Open Air Museum Lyngby)



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