A Scientific Exploration of People's Implicit Philosophies Regarding Nature in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Author: Riyan J. G. van den Born,W. T. de Groot,Rob H. J. Lenders
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
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Visions of nature are the ideas that people hold of what nature is and how we should relate to it. These visions, besides being a dynamic cultural phenomenon worthy of scientific study for its own sake, are important for the design of democratically grounded landscape and nature policies. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines from the social sciences, the humanities and ecology, this volume reports on the growing scientific insights in visions of nature in Europe. Aspects covered are the long term dynamics of relationships between people and nature connected to land-use and urbanization, landscape preferences related to views on nature, the structure and distribution of images such as stewardship of nature, partnership with nature and deep ecology views, visions of nature as elicited in discussions with groups of adults and children, the role of emotional affinity to nature and of sudden disastrous events such as a river flood, the cultural construction of visions of nature through mass media and the ways in which ecologists translate their scientific visions of nature into criteria and images for policy making. Riyan J.G. van den Born is a researcher at Radboud University, Nijmegen (the Netherlands). Wouter de Groot is a researcher at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands). Rob H.J. Lenders is a researcher at Radboud University, Nijmegen (the Netherlands).