Restoring Nature in a Mobile Society

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Drenthen explores interesting lines of argument within debates on nature restoration in the Netherlands. For this purpose he applies dichotomies such as locals versus visitors, ecocentrism versus anthropocentrism and nature-centered landscapes versus human-centered landscapes – dichotomies that are characteristic of nature conservation debates to date. In this commentary I will critique these dichotomies from a socio-cultural history perspective. Just as the activists in Drenthen’s text emphasize the different layers of cultural history in our landscapes, I will highlight some of the socio-cultural layers in our visions of nature. After discussing these dichotomies, I will return to the issue of nature conservation to date, and present some thoughts on another key notion in Drenthen’s argument: alienation from nature
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Visions of Nature. Complexity and Authenticity. Part 4
EditorsM. Drenthen, J. Keulartz, J. Proctor
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages285
ISBN (Print)9789048126101
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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