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The Abstract Wild
     

The Abstract Wild

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by Jack Turner
 

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ISBN-10: 0816516995

ISBN-13: 9780816516995

Pub. Date: 09/01/1996

Publisher: University of Arizona Press


If anything is endangered in America it is our experience of wild nature—gross contact. There is knowledge only the wild can give us, knowledge specific to it, knowledge specific to the experience of it. These are its gifts to us.

How wild is wilderness and how wild are our experiences in it, asks Jack Turner in the pages of The Abstract Wild

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If anything is endangered in America it is our experience of wild nature—gross contact. There is knowledge only the wild can give us, knowledge specific to it, knowledge specific to the experience of it. These are its gifts to us.

How wild is wilderness and how wild are our experiences in it, asks Jack Turner in the pages of The Abstract Wild. His answer: not very wild. National parks and even so-called wilderness areas fall far short of offering the primal, mystic connection possible in wild places. And this is so, Turner avows, because any managed land, never mind what it's called, ceases to be wild. Moreover, what little wildness we have left is fast being destroyed by the very systems designed to preserve it.

Natural resource managers, conservation biologists, environmental economists, park rangers, zoo directors, and environmental activists: Turner's new book takes aim at these and all others who labor in the name of preservation. He argues for a new conservation ethic that focuses less on preserving things and more on preserving process and "leaving things be." He takes off after zoos and wilderness tourism with a vengeance, and he cautions us to resist language that calls a tree "a resource" and wilderness "a management unit."

Eloquent and fast-paced, The Abstract Wild takes a long view to ask whether ecosystem management isn't "a bit of a sham" and the control of grizzlies and wolves "at best a travesty." Next, the author might bring his readers up-close for a look at pelicans, mountain lions, or Shamu the whale. From whatever angle, Turner stirs into his arguments the words of dozens of other American writers including Thoreau, Hemingway, Faulkner, and environmentalist Doug Peacock.

We hunger for a kind of experience deep enough to change our selves, our form of life, writes Turner. Readers who take his words to heart will find, if not their selves, their perspectives on the natural world recast in ways that are hard to ignore and harder to forget.

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ISBN-13:
9780816516995
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
806,917
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A poignant description of the human condition wtih a personal perspective on how we have gotten here. Turner provides the reader with an insight that very few naturalist writers achieve due to the ever-changing ideas about the problems facing our existence and the abundance of supposed solutions. I came away more satisfied than ever that, as humans, we are refusing to accept our relationship within nature, that we are continuing to rapidly seperate ourselves from our environment while progressively(?!) insisting on our ability to control our surroundings. What struck me as most potent is the acknowledgement that we are removing all semblance of wildness around us and are becoming more and more disillusioned about what wild means. Losing touch with the inner sanctum of our own wild nature is catastrophic.