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Nature and Identity in Cross-Cultural Perspective : GeoJournal Library - A. Buttimer

Nature and Identity in Cross-Cultural Perspective

GeoJournal Library

By: A. Buttimer (Editor), L. Wallin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1999
ISBN: 9780792356516
Number Of Pages: 360

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Nature and Identity in Cross-Cultural Perspective presents 20 essays which explore diverse cultural interpretations of the earth's surface. Contrasted with each other and with the potentially cosmopolitan culture of science, these detailed studies of ways in which different cultures conceptualise nature appear in the context of global environmental change. Understanding across cultural lines has never been more important. This book shows how individual cultures see their own histories as offering protection for nature, while often viewing others as lacking such ethical restraints. Through such writing a discourse of understanding and common action becomes possible. The authors come from the places they discuss, and offer passionate as well as scholarly visions of nature within their cultural homes. Audience: This volume is of interest to academics and professionals working in the fields of cultural geography, environmental history, environmental studies, history of environmental ideas, environmental education, landscape and literature, nature and culture. It can be used for courses in the above-mentioned areas and seminars in comparative literature. It can also be used as a complimentary text to provide cultural context to literary readings, and for seminars on cultural aspects of the environment.

Nature, Home and Horizon
Reflections on the History of Western Attitudes to Naturep. 1
Ideas of Nature in East Asian Landsp. 19
Japan's Traditional View of Nature and Interpretation of Landscapep. 51
Indian Attitudes Toward Naturep. 63
Nature and Cosmic Integrity: A Search in Hindu Geographical Thoughtp. 69
World Views of Arab Geographersp. 87
Perspectives on the Contributions of Arabs and Muslims to Geographyp. 95
Official Versus Folk Visions
Cosmos and Hearth in Chinap. 117
Interplay of State and Local Concern in the Management Of Natural Resources: Hydraulics and Forestry in Spain, 1855-1936p. 137
The Real Country and the Legal Country: Spanish Ideals and Mayan Realities in Colonial Guatemalap. 151
Popular and Official Appraisals of Natural Resources: Some Evidence from Australiap. 163
God, Thine Earth is Burning: Nature Attitudes and the Latvian Drive for Independencep. 175
Arctic Worlds and the Geography of Imaginationp. 189
Narrative Imagination in the Landscape
A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrativep. 201
Invented Tradition and Academic Convention in Geographical Thought About New Englandp. 235
Writing "God's Fine Wilderness": John Muir in the Mountains of Californiap. 251
Contested Visions: Nature, Culture and the Morality of Landscape in the Scottish Highlandsp. 271
The Narrative Creation of Place: Yeats and West-of-Ireland Landscapesp. 287
Farmers, Foresters, Gypsies, Guests: Narratives of Swedish Cultural Identityp. 301
Waking the Dead: Exploring Mexican and Arctic Spacesp. 339
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ISBN: 9780792356516
ISBN-10: 0792356519
Series: GeoJournal Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 31st July 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71