Spanning diverse geographies, these essays celebrate the continuum of wildness, revealing the many ways in which human communities can nurture, adapt to, and thrive alongside their wild nonhuman kin.
Author: Gavin Van Horn
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Whether referring to a place, a nonhuman animal or plant, or a state of mind, wild indicates autonomy and agency, a will to be, a unique expression of life. Yet two contrasting ideas about wild nature permeate contemporary discussions: either that nature is most wild in the absence of a defiling human presence, or that nature is completely humanized and nothing is truly wild. This book charts a different path. Exploring how people can become attuned to the wild community of life and also contribute to the well-being of the wild places in which we live, work, and play, Wildness brings together esteemed authors from a variety of landscapes, cultures, and backgrounds to share their stories about the interdependence of everyday human lifeways and wildness. As they show, far from being an all or nothing proposition, wildness exists in variations and degrees that range from cultivated soils to multigenerational forests to sunflowers pushing through cracks in a city alley. Spanning diverse geographies, these essays celebrate the continuum of wildness, revealing the many ways in which human communities can nurture, adapt to, and thrive alongside their wild nonhuman kin. From the contoured lands of Wisconsin’s Driftless region to remote Alaska, from the amazing adaptations of animals and plants living in the concrete jungle to indigenous lands and harvest ceremonies, from backyards to reclaimed urban industrial sites, from microcosms to bioregions and atmospheres, manifestations of wildness are everywhere. With this book, we gain insight into what wildness is and could be, as well as how it might be recovered in our lives—and with it, how we might unearth a more profound, wilder understanding of what it means to be human. Wildness: Relations of People and Place is published in association with the Center for Humans and Nature, an organization that brings together some of the brightest minds to explore and promote human responsibilities to each other and the whole community of life. Visit the Center for Humans and Nature's Wildness website for upcoming events and a series of related short films.
I have tried to avoid jargon and nitpicky scholarly debates in order to maintain a
focus on what the fate of wildness means ... 2013); Gaven Van Horn and John
Hausdoerffer, eds., Wildness: Relations of People and Place (University of
Author: Paul Wapner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Political Science
Wildness was once integral to our ancestor’s lives as they struggled to survive in an unpredictable environment. Today, most of us live in relative stability insulated from the vicissitudes of nature. Wildness is over, right? Wrong, argues leading environmental scholar Paul Wapner. Wildness may have disappeared from our immediate lives, but it’s been catapulted up to the global level. The planet itself has gone into spasm - calving glaciers, wildfires, heatwaves, mass extinction, and rising oceans all represent the new face of wildness. Rejecting paths offered by geoengineering and de-extinction to bring the Earth under control, Wapner calls instead for ‘rewilding’. This involves relinquishing the desire for comfort at all costs and welcoming greater uncertainty into our own lives. To save ourselves from global ruin, it is time to stop sanitizing and exerting mastery over the world and begin living humbly in it.
In Van Horn, G. and Hausdoerffer, J. (Eds.), Wildness: relations of people and place (pp. 243–254). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Holmes, G.,
Sandbrook, C., and Fisher, J. (2017). Understanding conservationists'
perspective on the ...
Author: Nathalie Pettorelli
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Discusses the benefits and risks, as well as the economic and socio-political realities, of rewilding as a novel conservation tool.
Animal Spaces, Beastly Places examines how animals interact and relate with people in different ways.
Author: Chris Philo
Animal Spaces, Beastly Places examines how animals interact and relate with people in different ways. Using a comprehensive range of examples, which include feral cats and wild wolves, to domestic animals and intensively farmed cattle, the contributors explore the complex relations in which humans and non-human animals are mixed together. Our emotions involving animals range from those of love and compassion to untold cruelty, force, violence and power. As humans we have placed different animals into different categories, according to some notion of species, usefulness, domesticity or wildness. As a result of these varying and often contested orderings, animals are assigned to particular places and spaces. Animal Spaces, Beastly Places shows us that there are many exceptions and variations on the spatiality of human-animal spatial orderings, within and across cultures, and over time. It develops new ways of thinking about human animal interactions and encourages us to find better ways for humans and animals to live together.
RIBBON OF WILDNESS Protection Agency improve the environment, in
particular in relation to monitoring and regulation of pollution and waste.
Organisation Relevant Function Evidence wildlife and the places in which 8km
on they live. the Watershed. ... Its aim at Loch Katrine is to create a new forest of
native Woodland which will be of lasting benefit to the people of Scotland and to
biodiversity in the ...
Author: Peter Wright
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
The Watershed of Scotland is a line that separates east from west; that divides those river basin areas which drain towards the North Sea on the one hand, and those which flow west into the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It's a line that meanders from Peel Fell on the English border all the way to the top at Duncansby Head, near John O'Groats - over 745 miles, through almost every kind of terrain. The Watershed follows the high ground, and offers wide vistas down almost every major river valley, towards towns and communities, into the heartlands of Scotland. Ribbon of Wildness provides a vivid introduction to this geographic and landscape feature, which has hitherto been largely unknown. The rock, bog, forest, moor and mountain are all testament to The Watershed's richly varied natural state. The evolving kaleidoscope of changing vistas, wide panoramas, ever present wildlife, and the vagaries of the weather, are delightfully described on this great journey of discovery. Along the route of the Watershed the general emptiness of the journey will strike the walker all the way, creating a unique, beautiful, spiritual dimension to the walk.BACK COVER: If you've bagged the Munros, done the Caledonian Challenge and walked the West Highland Way, this is your next conquest. The Watershed of Scotland is a line that separates east from west; that divides those river basin areas which drain towards the North Sea from those which flow west into the Atlantic Ocian. It's a line that meanders from Peel Fell on the English Border all the way to the top of Duncansby Head, near John O'Groats - over 745 miles, through almost every kind of terrain. The Watershed follows the high ground, and offers wide vistas down major river valleys, towards towns and communities, into the heartlands of Scotland. Wakj the Watershed in eight weeks. Tackle short sections over a weekend. 7 route maps. Over 30 colour photographs. Ribbon of Wildness provides a vivid introduction to this geographic and landscape feature, which has hitherto been largely unknown. The rock, bog, forest, moor and mountain are all testament to the Watershed's richly varied natural state. The evolving kaleidoscope of changijg vistas, wide panoramas, ever-present wildlife, and the vagaries of the weather, are delightfully described on this great journey of discovery.
Wildness in people might be characterized as the self - regulating aspects of
body interacting with the unconscious depths of mind ... Classified wilderness
areas may allow wild nature to live and breathe to the extent that these places
are less subject to human control . ... t lost our relationship with wild nature , we
have simply invented it in terms that do not allow us to sustain cooperative relations with it .
Author: David Clarke Burks
Publisher: Shearwater Books
The contributors apply the insights of conservation biology to the importance of wilderness in the 21st century, raising questions and stimulating thought. The volume begins with a series of personal narratives that present portraits of wildlands and humans. Following those narratives are more-analytical discourses that examine conceptions and perceptions of the wild and of the place of humanity in it.
As modern humans, however, we are at once drawn to wolves and wildness, and
repelled by them. Our quintessential views of wolves have to do with our struggle
to understand our place on the earth and the ethical aspects of our ... In relation
to animals, Snyder defines it as that which is free to live within natural systems.
Author: Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
Publisher: MIT Press
A compelling case for connecting with the wild, for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature—a city park, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connecting with wild nature—untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered and unmediated by technological artifice. We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened and nurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much of the need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind. The Rediscovery of the Wild considers ways to engage with the wild, protect it, and recover it—for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species. The contributors offer a range of perspectives on the wild, discussing such topics as the evolutionary underpinnings of our need for the wild; the wild within, including the primal passions of sexuality and aggression; birding as a portal to wildness; children's fascination with wild animals; wildness and psychological healing; the shifting baseline of what we consider wild; and the true work of conservation.
Now to Dampier and his shipmates the Galápagos, though elusive, was a place
—a place from which escape was possible. ... It is for this reason that the proper
history of events must give way to “mixt Relations" and the things arising in the
mind. ... the rough-hewn voyagers themselves began to respond to the demand
for greater accuracy and more dispassionate accounts of peoples and places
Brown's argument in this book is wide-ranging, inquiring, challenging, but finally inspiring, and takes us through such questions as wildness and conservation, wild cities, rewilding language, wildness and food, wild animals, wild margins, ...
Author: Duncan Brown
Publisher: University of Kwazulu Natal Press
Wilder Lives uses ideas of 'wildness' and 'rewilding' to rethink human relationships with our environments in challenging but affirming ways. If the Earth is indeed 4.5 billion years old, as scientists currently tell us, recognisably human life has only been around since the last Ice Age, and as a species we have single-handedly destroyed our planet's ecosystems in the short space of a few hundred years, then we urgently need to reconsider and redefine our identities and behaviours. Can 'thinking wild' help? Can it provide different ways of seeing, engaging, being human? Can we think of 'wildness' as something that may exist in gradations, or as quality rather than absolute value, and as something that has important ethical as well as biological dimensions? Can it lead us to a 'world view locating humans in a satisfactory residence on this historic and storied Earth', as Holmes Rolston (1988) suggests? Brown's argument in this book is wide-ranging, inquiring, challenging, but finally inspiring, and takes us through such questions as wildness and conservation, wild cities, rewilding language, wildness and food, wild animals, wild margins, and wildness in the ethics of human-animal relations.
Traces of Wildness, Lost and Found One of the wildest places that Mariana
Griswold Van Rensselaer ever described was not a ... Aware that people
considered this place "a bit of sandy wilderness isolated in a wilderness of waves
," Van Rensselaer looked around more closely. ... With these words Van
Rensselaer suggested a relation between civilization and wildness — an overlap
Author: Melanie Louise Simo
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
In this sensitive, penetrating tour through a forgotten period in American landscape history, Simo examines writings and opinions from 1897 to 1949 that show the opposition between culture and nature. 17 illustrations.
14 Russell voices of those who are not allowed to speak , that being preserved
by wildness , civilized man feels ... stream wearing comfortable with the types of people and places Sam recover these voices and give them a power that ... The
problem of our relation to the wild Hogan There are those who say it is fast
becoming too late . remains , and it can only be solved if we face it and think
about it .
Wildness seemed to be very complex in its relation to tameness , civilization ,
Eastern - ness . ... People who want to keep their own wildness alive in the only place left in this country where they can do that — the West , where the land
Author: Michael L. Johnson
Americans have had an enduring yet ambivalent obsession with the West as both a place and a state of mind. Michael L. Johnson considers how that obsession originated, how it has determined attitudes toward and activities in the West, and how it has changed over the centuries.
Where and what is the place of the wild ? This anthology brings together writers
and artists to present the most current thinking on the relationship between humans and wilderness . The common thread that emerges is the conviction that
The relationships between people and animals, nature and culture, animals and
the environment, and domesticity and wildness are both intimate and mutually
constitutive. They emerge from and are sustained by practices of both human and
Author: Anna Peterson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
For most people, animals are the most significant aspects of the nonhuman world. They symbolize nature in our imaginations, in popular media and culture, and in campaigns to preserve wilderness, yet scholars habitually treat animals and the environment as mutually exclusive objects of concern. Conducting the first examination of animals' place in popular and scholarly thinking about nature, Anna L. Peterson builds a nature ethic that conceives of nonhuman animals as active subjects who are simultaneously parts of both nature and human society. Peterson explores the tensions between humans and animals, nature and culture, animals and nature, and domesticity and wildness. She uses our intimate connections with companion animals to examine nature more broadly. Companion animals are liminal creatures straddling the boundary between human society and wilderness, revealing much about the mutually constitutive relationships binding humans and nature together. Through her paradigm-shifting reflections, Peterson disrupts the artificial boundaries between two seemingly distinct categories, underscoring their fluid and continuous character.
I began to think about wildness in relation to creatures who live in cities, about
whether or not we consider them less wild ... I wondered if the same might apply
to humans, as if merely by being in a city, not only might our lungs be polluted but
Author: Esther Woolfson
Publisher: Granta Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
One spring, many years ago, Esther Woolfson's daughter rescued a fledgling rook. That rook, named Chicken, quickly established herself as part of the family, and other birds, including an irascible cockatiel and a depressive parrot, soon followed. But it was the corvids - members of the crow family - who amazed Woolfson with their personality and their capacity for affection. This classic blend of memoir and natural history combines the author's fascination with all things avian, from the mechanics of flight to the science of birdsong, with her funny, tender stories of life among the birds.
He also served as a consultant and counseling therapist encouraging
reconciliation, personal growth, and relationship sensitivity. ... In writing about people and places that shape life, the columnist explored with Myers the intrigue
of the last frontier and ... A passionate perspective introduces a common bond
understanding, or oneness, between wildness in the environment, wildlife, and
the human spirit.
Romancing the jewel that is wild Alaska. PURSUING ALASKA'S UNTAMED is an action adventure digital book written by Alaskan adventurer, sport fisherman, and philosopher Doug C. Myers. The ebook provides a virtual trip to a guarded treasure that is wild Alaska. The ebook is written for the outdoor enthusiast. Various discovery episodes provide windows for the reader to view the magic in Alaska's wilderness pleasures. For some it provides the vicarious realization of an elusive dream. Digital color photos introduce each chapter adventure experience, and were taken on location at the time of each written narrative. Included are visits with Native friends at their subsistence fish camp on the edge of a designated 'wild and scenic' river located in Southwest Alaska. Also included are excursion trips to distant villages and river systems along the Bering Sea, Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and less remote Kenai Peninsula. From ancient privilege to the running of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, from wildlife observations and confrontations to sport fishing highlights, the ebook is about Alaska's heart and soul - discovery. The book's contents include: Spirit of Adventure, Katmai's Other Eruption (Best and Worst of the Alaska Dream), Message of Goodnews (Promised Land), Seeking Subsistence (Ancient Privilege), River Wildlife Potpourri (Adventures of Father and Son), Streams of Dreams (Alaska Peninsula's Silver-Lining), Sourdough Legacy (Prospecting Heralded Herring), Island Extreme (Emerald Gem in Alaska's Gulf), Highway to Heaven (From Hope to Heaven's Gate), Dogged Determination (Heart and Soul of Alaska), Unity in Diversity (Winter's Allure and Summer's Prolific Embrace), Surviving the Surreal (Moose Twin's Torment), and A Last Frontier (Pleasure's Freedom Song). The 'Foreword' is authored by Colonel Norman D. Vaughan, adventurer-explorer, and member of the first Byrd Antarctic Expedition. A brief bio of his illustrious life is included.
Author: Michael S. NorthcottPublish On: 2015-06-18
Hence Cass Sunstein represents precautionary environmental regulation in relation to air and water pollution as founded on a ... to gather to itself and its
executive agencies the local powers of people and communities that reside in
particular places, and therefore to ... spiritual need to experience natural beauty
in relatively unmodified natural areas, and that 'wildness is the preservation of the
Author: Michael S. Northcott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
People are born in one place. Traditionally humans move around more than other animals, but in modernity the global mobility of persons and the factors of production increasingly disrupts the sense of place that is an intrinsic part of the human experience of being on earth. Industrial development and fossil fuelled mobility negatively impact the sense of place and help to foster a culture of placelessness where buildings, fields and houses increasingly display a monotonous aesthetic. At the same time ecological habitats, and diverse communities of species are degraded. Romantic resistance to the industrial evisceration of place and ecological diversity involved the setting aside of scenic or sublime landscapes as wilderness areas or parks. However the implication of this project is that human dwelling and ecological sustainability are intrinsically at odds. In this collection of essays Michael Northcott argues that the sense of the sacred which emanates from local communities of faith sustained a 'parochial ecology' which, over the centuries, shaped communities that were more socially just and ecologically sustainable than the kinds of exchange relationships and settlement patterns fostered by a global and place-blind economy. Hence Christian communities in medieval Europe fostered the distributed use and intergenerational care of common resources, such as alpine meadows, forests or river catchments. But contemporary political economists neglect the role of boundaried places, and spatial limits, in the welfare of human and ecological communities. Northcott argues that place-based forms of community, dwelling and exchange – such as a local food economy – more closely resemble evolved commons governance arrangements, and facilitate the revival of a sense of neighbourhood, and of reconnection between persons and the ecological places in which they dwell.
Author: John Patrick MontañoPublish On: 2011-08-11
... created by and for settled agricultural communities that sow, harvest, and build
walls and cities, further serve to qualify as savage all other relations that people
have with nature. ... 3 Leerssen, “Wildness, Wilderness, and Ireland,” 25–28, 30 ...
Author: John Patrick Montaño
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A major 2011 study of the cultural origins of the Tudor plantations in Ireland and of early English imperialism in general.
Author: Washington (State). Department of EcologyPublish On: 1980
Wildness is available to show the way out of the morass of egocentricity that
threatens the entire ecological structure. ... The point is that civilized existence is
too complex and too demanding for most people to assimilate as a steady diet. ...
Recently pscyhologists have pondered the relationship between geographical
space and psychic space ... "Far out" may not be just a casual expression, at least
not for those who covet the relief of large, uncontrolled places. pollution, energy,
By his order , several cocoa - nuts and yams were ) The West planted , and some
melon - feeds fown , in proper places ... by the wildness of their looks and
gestures , they fully manifefted their entire ignorance with relation to every thing