Towards an Ecology of Emotion
By (author) Kay Milton
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Loving Nature by Kay Milton
Book DescriptionAs the full effects of human activity on Earth's life-support systems are revealed by science, the question of whether we can change, fundamentally, our relationship with nature becomes increasingly urgent. Just as important as an understanding of our environment, is an understanding of ourselves, of the kinds of beings we are and why we act as we do. In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in Western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, the author discusses how we come to understand nature as we do, and above all, how we develop emotional commitments to it. Anthropologists, in recent years, have tended to suggest that our understanding of the world is shaped solely by the culture in which we live. Controversially Kay Milton argues that it is shaped by direct experience in which emotion plays an essential role. The author argues that the conventional opposition between emotion and rationality in western culture is a myth. The effect of this myth has been to support a market economy which systematically destroys nature, and to exclude from public decision making the kinds of emotional attachments that support more environmentally sensitive ways of living. A better understanding of ourselves, as fundamentally emotional beings, could give such ways of living the respect they need.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415253536
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kay Milton
Mixed Emotions, Paperback (June 2005)
Drawing on fieldwork undertaken in Europe, Japan and Melanesia, the authors explore how consciousness, memory, identity and politics are intimately related to emotional processes. A broad range of case studies covers such topics as how fear is managed in Belfast, how Spanish gypsies grieve and why Japanese tourists are drawn to monkeys.
Loving Nature, Paperback (January 2002)
In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in western societies grow up to be nature lovers, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things.
Environmentalism and Cultural Theory, Hardback (September 1996)» View all books by Kay Milton
This book shows how an understanding of culture can throw light on the way environmental issues are percieved and interpreted, both by local communities and within the global arena.
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