Human-nature relationships: navigating a privileged white landscape

Mcphie, Jamie ORCID logo ORCID: and Clarke, David A.G. (2021) Human-nature relationships: navigating a privileged white landscape. In: Thomas, Glyn, Dyment, Janet and Prince, Heather, (eds.) Outdoor environmental education in higher education: international perspectives. International explorations in outdoor and environmental education (IEOEE), 9 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 39-49.

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It can be tempting to think of experiences in ‘nature’, and building ‘human-nature’ relationships, as relatively politically neutral, or even straightforwardly beneficial. In this chapter we point out a danger in this approach. We take account of the present rise of the far-right and ecofascism to offer a brief critical material overview of some of the political positions which have informed the birth of some key terms in Western environmental thinking – including ecology, ecosystems, and holism. Further to this, we discuss the re-emergence of fascist ecologies and highlight the fine line between simplistic, dualistically-informed, environmental advocacy and racist and bigoted misanthropy. We suggest that tackling environmental problems is more challenging than building connections or relationships with a perceived ‘nature’ and that outdoor and environmental educators need to remain ever vigilant of the political ramifications of the knowledges of ‘nature’ which inform their pedagogies.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030759803
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 15:34
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:46


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