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In wilderness and wildness: recognising and responding within the agency of relational memory


Booth, KI, In wilderness and wildness: recognising and responding within the agency of relational memory, Environmental Ethics, 33, (3) pp. 283-293. ISSN 0163-4275 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5840/enviroethics201133329


There are complexity of entities and happenings embodied within the pillars that frame the doorways in our homes and support broad flat spaces that form supermarkets and department stores. Each pillar speaks to the mythology encircling the origins of Gothic architecture; the ideas surrounding the shift from the trunks and boughs of the scared grove towards the columns, arches and vaults of church and cathedral. Each pillar embodies the evolution of life and the history of the earth. Awakening towards the relational agency at play within the 'humanly derived' allows us to recognise this agency as akin to wildness and as William Cronon asserts, this draws us closer to recognising and responding to the wild in all that surrounds us. It also shifts how we understand the concept of wilderness. It is not, as Cronon contends, a cultural construct, but a fluxing and complex gestalt that includes both human and more than human agency.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Other philosophy and religious studies
Research Field:Other philosophy and religious studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Environmental ethics
UTAS Author:Booth, KI (Dr Kate Booth)
ID Code:71685
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-08-01
Last Modified:2014-12-05
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