People and Places of Nature and Culture (Book)

Using the rich and vital Australian Aboriginal understanding of country as a model, People and Places of Nature and Culture affirms the importance of a sustainable relationship between nature and culture. While current thought includes the mistaken notion—perpetuated by natural history, ecology, and political economy—that humans have a mastery over the Earth, this book demonstrates the problems inherent in this view. In the current age of climate change, this is an important appraisal of the relationship between nature and culture, and a projection of what needs to change if we want to achieve environmental stability.

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Using Australian Aboriginal people's rich and vital understandings of country as a model, People and Places of Nature and Culture affirms the importance of a sustainable relationship between nature and culture. While current thought includes the mistaken notion - perpetuated by natural history, ecology and political economy - that humans have a mastery over the Earth, this book demonstrates the problems inherent in this view. In the current age of climate change, this is an important appraisal of the relationship between nature and culture, and a projection of what needs to change if we want to achieve environmental stability.

Rod Giblett is director of the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology Education, and Communications at Edith Cowan University in Australia.

Preface: From Sustainability to Symbiosis
 
I: CULTURAL NATURE
 
2. Is the Public Sphere to the Biosphere as Culture is to Nature (as Male is to Female)?
 
II: LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
 
3. Nature's Fairest Forms: Aesthetics of Nature 
4. Pleasing Prospects Revista’d: The Gentleman's Park Estate 
 
III: COLONIAL COUNTRY
 
5. Home in the Wilds: Wild(er)ness as a Cultural Category
6. Riding Roughshod Over It: Mateship Against the Bush
 
IV: NATIONAL PARKLANDS
 
7. Nature Sanctuarized: 'Our' National Parks as Modern Cathedrals 
8. Sites and Rights of Enjoyment: Nature and Native Title in National Parks 
 
V: INDUSTRIAL LAND USE
 
9. Eating Earth: Mining and Gluttony 
10. Kings in Kimberley Watercourses and Wetlands: Sadism and Pastoralism 
 
VI: LAND SYMBIOTICS
 
11. 'We are the Land Ourselves': Aboriginal Country is a Cultural Landscape
12. Home is Here: Livelihood, Bioregion and Symbiosis
 
FIGURES
 
References
Index

This book offers a wealth of insights and new ways of seeing and debating complex and enduring environmental questions' – David Hollinsworth, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

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