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- DescriptionIf anything is endangered in America it is our experience of wild nature--gross contact. There is kwledge only the wild can give us, kwledge specific to it, kwledge specific to the experience of it. These are its gifts to us. How wild is wilderness and how wild are our experiences in it, asks Jack Turner in the pages of The Abstract Wild. His answer: t very wild. National parks and even so-called wilderness areas fall far short of offering the primal, mystic connection possible in wild places. And this is so, Turner avows, because any managed land, never mind what it's called, ceases to be wild. Moreover, what little wildness we have left is fast being destroyed by the very systems designed to preserve it. Natural resource managers, conservation biologists, environmental ecomists, park rangers, zoo directors, and environmental activists: Turner's new book takes aim at these and all others who labor in the name of preservation. He argues for a new conservation ethic that focuses less on preserving things and more on preserving process and leaving things be. He takes off after zoos and wilderness tourism with a vengeance, and he cautions us to resist language that calls a tree a resource and wilderness a management unit. Eloquent and fast-paced, The Abstract Wild takes a long view to ask whether ecosystem management isn't a bit of a sham and the control of grizzlies and wolves at best a travesty. Next, the author might bring his readers up-close for a look at pelicans, mountain lions, or Shamu the whale. From whatever angle, Turner stirs into his arguments the words of dozens of other American writers including Thoreau, Hemingway, Faulkner, and environmentalist Doug Peacock. We hunger for a kind of experience deep eugh to change our selves, our form of life, writes Turner. Readers who take his words to heart will find, if t their selves, their perspectives on the natural world recast in ways that are hard to igre and harder to forget.
- Author(s)Jack Turner
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/09/1996
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Weight272 g
- Width142 mm
- Height238 mm
- Spine13 mm
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