Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity

Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity

by David W. Kidner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791447529

ISBN-13: 9780791447529

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Underscores the limitations of traditional psychology to envision a more healthy ecological and psychological future.

Nature and Psyche argues that psychological and environmental writing and action are all too often colonized by the same assumptions that inhibit ecological and cultural diversity. Industrialized monocultures conceal the character of our

Overview

Underscores the limitations of traditional psychology to envision a more healthy ecological and psychological future.

Nature and Psyche argues that psychological and environmental writing and action are all too often colonized by the same assumptions that inhibit ecological and cultural diversity. Industrialized monocultures conceal the character of our alienation from nature and, thus, prevent the emergence of effective solutions. Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, David Kidner illustrates that traditional psychological understanding is often inherently hostile to the natural order, and that the dominant form of selfhood that has emerged in the industrialized world promotes the domestication of nature. In fact, even some of the most radical environmentalists, who simplistically oppose technology, are also trapped within this paradigm. The author demonstrates that a more critical historical and cultural awareness, rooted in nature, can enable a re-integration of nature and psyche.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791447529
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One
Nature and Psyche in an Industrialist Landscape

1. Introduction: In Search of the "Natural"
2. Psychology's Betrayal of the Natural World
3. The Colonization of the Psyche

Part Two
Reintegrating Nature and Psyche

4. Natural Cultures, Psychic Landscapes
5. The Psychodynamics of Self-World Relations
6. Resymbolizing Nature
7. Healing the World of Wounds

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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