The Cultured Wild and the Limits of Wilderness

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Book Chapter


Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)

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nature, culture, ecology, aboriginals, cultural construction, wilderness, preservation


Let me make it clear from the outset: my vision for Earth is a planet populated sparsely by humans, where nonhuman processes prevail, and where alienation between humans and nature is absent. Nature is a human construct imposed on the world, and we constitute it in ways that make cultural sense. It is an ideologically charged project, and knowledge about it is necessarily a social product. Nature is both something we observe and something we believe. It isn't simply an assemblage of things-as one sees in a natural history museum- but a way of understanding the world.

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© 1994 Island Press