Biocultural Diversity and the Problem of the Superabundant Individual


This paper deals with the subset of work on biocultural diversity that quantifies cultural and biological elements in order to map and compare them across regions. These maps reveal that cultural and linguistic diversity are covariant with biological diversity, ultimately helping to link arguments for linguistic, cultural, and environmental conservation. Biocultural diversity conservation projects, as they are called, make the goal of conservation explicit. This essay suggests two ways in which the biocultural frame can integrate more sophisticated forms of alignment in order to fulfill its promise of maintaining biocultural diversity worldwide.