Place of the Wild: A Wildlands Anthology

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<p>Where and what is the place of the wild? Is the goal of preserving biodiversity across the landscape of North America compatible with contemporary Western culture.<p>Place of the Wild brings together original essays from an exceptional array of contemporary writers and activists to present in a single volume the most current thinking on the relationship between humans and wilderness. A common thread running through the volume is the conviction that everyone concerned with the natural world - academics and activists, philosophers ...
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<p>Where and what is the place of the wild? Is the goal of preserving biodiversity across the landscape of North America compatible with contemporary Western culture.<p>Place of the Wild brings together original essays from an exceptional array of contemporary writers and activists to present in a single volume the most current thinking on the relationship between humans and wilderness. A common thread running through the volume is the conviction that everyone concerned with the natural world - academics and activists, philosophers and poets - must join forces to re-establish cultural narratives and shared visions that sustain life on this planet.<p>The contributors apply the insights of conservation biology to the importance of wilderness in the 21st century, raising questions and stimulating thought. The volume begins with a series of personal narratives that present portraits of wildlands and humans. Following those narratives are more-analytical discourses that examine conceptions and perceptions of the wild, and of the place of humanity in it. The concluding section features clear and resonant activist voices that consider the importance of wildlands, and what can be done to reconcile the needs of wilderness with the needs of human culture.
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A collection of essays by contemporary writers and activists from all over the country presents variations on the theme of the relationship between humans and wilderness. Applying the insights of conservation biology, the collection begins with a series of personal narratives, offers several analytical discourses, and features activist voices, both poets and essayists, in the concluding section. Paper edition unseen, $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559633413
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 340

Meet the Author

Editor/Contributor David Clarke Burks is a writer, editor, and lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in various publications across the country, and he is a correspondent for Wild Earth.  He has traveled extensively throughout North and Central America.

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Table of Contents

Contours of the Wild 5
The Far Outside 19
Water Songs 28
Biodiversity, Wildness, and The Wildlands Project 34
The Wild and the Tame 43
The Politics of Wilderness and the Practice of the Wild 58
Looking Salmon in the Face 67
The Reflective Ebb and Flow of the Wild 75
Sacred Geography of the Pikuni: The Badger - Two Medicine Wildlands 86
The Land of Absence 94
Notes from an Interrupted Journal 105
Scattered Notes on the Relation Between Language and the Land 119
The Idea of Wilderness as a Deep Ecological Ethic 131
Wilderness and Human Habitation 149
The Cultured Wild and the Limits of Wilderness 161
The Quality of Wildness: Preservation, Control, and Freedom 175
A Natural History of Silence 190
The Rhizome Connection 198
A New Vision for the West 203
Minding Wilderness 214
Covers the Ground 218
Where Man Is a Visitor 225
A Sidelong Glance at The Wildlands Project 236
The Wildlands Project: Scientifically Sound, Ethically Compelling - and Politically Realistic 246
Population Growth and the Wildlands Vision 260
Humans and Big Wilderness 271
Technology and the Wild 277
Seeing What Isn't There 281
Protected Areas in Canada 291
Restore Wildness 308
from The Monarchs 315
The Contributors 325
Index 331
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