Environmental Stewardship: Images from Popular Culture / Edition 1

Environmental Stewardship: Images from Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Dorothy J. Howell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897893913

ISBN-13: 9780897893916

Pub. Date: 07/30/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This work addresses the cultural background of stewardship as a progression from individual personal aesthetics to a deeply informed environmental ethic that could become a national environmental policy. Howell begins by assessing our personal cultural background and our philosophical notions of our role in the natural world. She looks at the evolution of Western

Overview

This work addresses the cultural background of stewardship as a progression from individual personal aesthetics to a deeply informed environmental ethic that could become a national environmental policy. Howell begins by assessing our personal cultural background and our philosophical notions of our role in the natural world. She looks at the evolution of Western civilization and changing worldviews in relation to nature, examining especially early conceptions of a more appealing, simpler life closer to nature in contrast to the perceived civilized world that is portrayed as decadent. Howell examines archetypes from literature and the popular arts, finding examples in Jungian psychology and in contemporary film and television that support the Wild Man image and promote the Simple Life yearning. She then looks at the early 20th-century conservation and preservation writers as the most direct ancestors of today's environmental movement and an immediate source of inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897893916
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Origins: Whence We Come

Origins of the Western Tradition

Europe in the Continuum of the Western Tradition

Tradition and the Founding of a Nation

Repercussions: Expressions and Implications of Alienation

Imagination and the Arts: Where We Saw Ourselves

Emergence of the Simple Life

Sciences, Art, and Literature

Heroes, Wild Men, and the Noble Savage

Reflections of the Natural World: What We Left Behind

Lessons from beyond America's Western Tradition

Images from Our First Nations

Contemporary Amerindian Perspectives

A Sense of Place

Popular Culture: Outlets and Surrogates

Place and Ambivalence in the Popular Arts

Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes: Timeless Surrogate

Related Contemporaries and Descendants of Tarzan

The Ape-Man's Modern Descendants and Remote Relatives

Stewardship: Reconnection with the Natural World

The Human Niche and Defining a Personal Environmental Ethic

Cultural Sources for a Restored Relationship

Toward a National Environmental Ethic

Bibliography

Index

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