The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture

The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture

by Peter H. Kahn Jr.
     
 

Urgent environmental problems call for vigorous research and theory on how humans develop a relationship with nature. For eight years, Peter Kahn studied children, young adults, and parents in diverse geographical locations, ranging from an economically impoverished black community in Houston to a remote village in the Brazilian Amazon. In these studies Kahn sought

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Overview

Urgent environmental problems call for vigorous research and theory on how humans develop a relationship with nature. For eight years, Peter Kahn studied children, young adults, and parents in diverse geographical locations, ranging from an economically impoverished black community in Houston to a remote village in the Brazilian Amazon. In these studies Kahn sought answers to the following questions: How do people value nature, and how do they reason morally about environmental degradation? Do children have a deep connection to the natural world that gets severed by modern society? Or do such connections emerge, if at all, later in life, with increased cognitive and moral maturity? Are there universal features in the human relationship with nature? Kahn's empirical and theoretical findings draw on current work in psychology, biology, environmental behavior, education,
policy, and moral development.

The MIT Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611701
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction1
1The Biophilia Hypothesis: Empirical Support and Amplifying Evidence9
2The Biophilia Hypothesis: Conceptual Difficulties and Empirical Limitations25
3The Psychological Framework: Structure and Development45
4Obligatory and Discretionary Morality63
5Structural-Developmental Methods77
6The Houston Child Study95
7The Houston Parent Study115
8The Prince William Sound Study129
9The Brazilian Amazon Study147
10The Portugal Study167
11Epistemology, Culture, and the Universal193
12Environmental Education211
Appendixes229
References253
Index277

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