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Deep ecology, hybrid geographies and environmental management's relational premise


Booth, KI, Deep ecology, hybrid geographies and environmental management's relational premise, Environmental Values, 22, (4) pp. 523-543. ISSN 0963-2719 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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The premise of environmental management pivots on managing the people-environment relationship. Yet this field remains dominated by the idea of managing the environment not the relationship, and as such continues to enact dualistic and reductionist traditions. Deep ecology's relational ontology offers a means of moving beneath and beyond such traditions. Specifically, the theory of internal relations as manifest within Arne Naess's gestalt ontology - if developed with regard to relational work emerging within cultural geography - is an aspect of deep ecology that has relevance and implications for environmental management's theory and practice. Such a stance provides qualified support for Warwick Fox's identification of the significance of Self-realisation within deep ecological philosophy, and counters attempts by some deep ecology proponents to write Fox and his work out of the history and future prospects of deep ecology.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:deep ecology, environmental management, gestalt ontology, hybrid geographies, place
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Environmental ethics
UTAS Author:Booth, KI (Dr Kate Booth)
ID Code:74005
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-11-07
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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