Changing Perceptions of Nature

Changing Perceptions of Nature


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The concepts of nature, culture and heritage are deeply entwined; their threads run together in some of our finest museums, in accounts of exploration and discovery, in the work of artists, poets and writers, and in areas that are cherished and protected because of their landscapes and wildlife. The conservation ethic - placing a value on the natural environment - lies at the heart of the notion of "natural heritage", but we need to question how those values originated, were consolidated and ultimately moulded and changed over time. In a contemporary context the connections between nature and culture have sometimes become lost, fragmented, dislocated or misunderstood; where did "natural heritage" begin and how do we engage with the idea of "nature" today? The essays collected here re-evaluate the role of culture in developing the concept of natural heritage, reflecting on the shifts in its interpretation over the last 300 years.

Contributors: Martin Holdgate, Marie Addyman, E. Charles Nelson, Darrell Smith, Andrew Ramsey, Viktor Kouloumpis, Richard Milner, Gina Douglas, Penny Bradshaw, Arthur Mac Gregor, Chiara Nepi, Hannah Paddon, Stephen Hewitt, Gordon Mc Gregor Reid, Ghillean T Prance, Peter Davis, Christopher Donaldson, Lucy Mc Robert, Sophie Darlington, Keith Scholey, Paul A. Roncken, Angus Lunn, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Tim Sands, Robert A. Lambert, James Champion, Erwin van Maanen, Heather Prince, Chris Loynes, Julie Taylor, Sarah Elmeligi, Samantha Finn, Owen Nevin, Jared Bowers, Kate Hennessy, Natasha Lyons, Mike Jeffries.

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An extremely rich source of viewpoints and explorations of what nature means. ARCHIVES OF NATURAL HISTORY

Many chapters provide only an introduction and/or a tantalizing taste of the subject, but all have extensive bibliographies. Topics range from the perceptions of explorers and naturalists, the development of scientific collections and taxidermy, individual areas and locations, and nature in art and film to nature deficit disorder, social media, ecotourism, citizen science, and teddy bears. [...] This work is mainly recommended for collections with a focus on the history and/or philosophy of science, nature, or environmentalism. CHOICE

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ISBN-13: 9781783271054
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 06/17/2016
Series: Heritage Matters Series , #18
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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