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Identity and the Natural Environment : The Psychological Significance of Nature - Susan Clayton

Identity and the Natural Environment

The Psychological Significance of Nature

By: Susan Clayton (Editor), Susan Opotow (Editor)

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Published: 7th November 2003
For Ages: 22+ years old
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The often impassioned nature of environmental conflicts can be attributed to the fact that they are bound up with our sense of personal and social identity. Environmental identity--how we orient ourselves to the natural world--leads us to personalize abstract global issues and take action (or not) according to our sense of who we are. We may know about the greenhouse effect--but can we give up our SUV for a more fuel-efficient car? Understanding this psychological connection can lead to more effective pro-environmental policymaking. "Identity and the Natural Environment" examines the ways in which our sense of who we are affects our relationship with nature, and vice versa. This book brings together cutting-edge work on the topic of identity and the environment, sampling the variety and energy of this emerging field but also placing it within a descriptive framework. These theory-based empirical studies examine the degree of social influence on environmental identity, and focus on the interplay between social and environmental forces. As one local activist says, "We don't know if we're organizing communities to plant trees, or planting trees to organize communities." The book explores human identity in relation to a wide variety of topics, including wild black bears, rangeland and water conflicts, and involvement and expertise in the inner city.

"Anyone interested in how people come to identify with the natural environment and how such identification in turn affects behavior must read this book. It reports a fascinating set of studies, employing a range of methods applied to diverse populations, that provide rich insights into the antecedents and consequences of environmental/ecological identification."--Riley E. Dunlap, Department of Sociology, Oklahoma State University " Identity and the Natural Environment is a fascinating book on many levels, dealing with topics of the utmost importance for our future well-being--even our survival as a species. It does so by pioneering a host of new research approaches, and presents the findings in ways that are interesting and accessible, yet rigorous. It represents a wonderful perspective that ushers in a new domain in the social sciences." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University, and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience " Identity and the Natural Environment is a superb anthology of interdisciplinary research, conceptually organized to get to the heart of a crucial question: how are ecological awareness and activism linked to core identity?" Mitchell S. Thomashow, Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, author of Bringing the Biosphere Home and Ecological Identity "Guber provides the first book-length overview and analysis of the American public's concern for the environment. Her review of existing results is comprehensive, she employs sophisticated methodological techniques for analyzing data, and she consistently draws upon relevant theory when interpreting her findings. The book is a significant contribution."--Riley E. Dunlap, Department of Sociology, Oklahoma State UniversityPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote in whole sentences. "*Identity and the Natural Environment* is a superb anthology of interdisciplinary research, conceptually organized to get to the heart of a crucial question -- how are ecological awareness and activism linked to core identity?"--Mitchell S. Thomashow, Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England Graduate School, author of *Bringing the Biosphere Home* "*Identity and the Natural Environment* is a fascinating book on many levels, dealing with topics of the utmost importance for our future well-being -- even our survival as a species. It does so by pioneering a host of new research approaches, and presents the findings in ways that are interesting and accessible, yet rigorous. It represents a wonderful perspective that ushers in a new domain in the social sciences."--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University, and author of *Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience*Please note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote. Season is now corrected.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Identity and the Natural Environmentp. 1
Some Lives and Some Theoriesp. 25
Experiencing Nature as Individuals
Environmental Identity: A Conceptual and an Operational Definitionp. 45
Human Identity in Relation to Wild Black Bears: A Natural-Social Ecology of Subjective Creaturesp. 67
Moralizing Trees: Anthropomorphism and Identity in Children's Relationships to Naturep. 91
The Development of Environmental Moral Identityp. 113
Children's Environmental Identity: Indicators and Behavioral Impactsp. 135
Experiencing Nature in Social and Community Contexts
The Human Self and the Animal Other: Exploring Borderland Identitiesp. 161
Trees and Human Identityp. 179
Identity, Involvement, and Expertise in the Inner City: Some Benefits of Tree-Planting Projectsp. 205
Representations of the Local Environment as Threatened by Global Climate Change: Toward a Contextualized Analysis of Environmental Identity in a Coastal Areap. 227
Experiencing Nature as Members of Social Groups
Identity and Exclusion in Rangeland Conflictp. 249
Group Identity and Stakeholder Conflict in Water Resource Managementp. 273
Constructing and Maintaining Ecological Identities: The Strategies of Deep Ecologistsp. 297
Identity and Sustained Environmental Practicep. 317
About the Contributorsp. 343
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780262532068
ISBN-10: 0262532069
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 7th November 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.55