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Rewilding in Layered Landscapes as a Challenge to Place Identity

Martin Drenthen

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 405-425. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15251686827732

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ABSTRACT

Rewilding is an increasingly popular strategy in landscape management, yet it is also controversial, especially when applied in culturally 'layered' landscapes. In this paper I examine what is morally at stake in debates between proponents of rewilding and those that see traditional cultural landscapes as worthy of protection. I will argue that rewilding should not only be understood as a conservation practice, but that we also need to understand its hermeneutic aspect. Rewilding implies a radical non-anthropocentric normative reinterpretation of landscape and human history that calls for a critical re-examination of the cultural identities that are based on that history.


KEYWORDS

Rewilding, place, landscape heritage, environmental ethics, environmental hermeneutics

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Contact! Contact! Nature Preservation as the Preservation of Meaning. Glenn Deliège

Wildness as a Critical Border Concept: Nietzsche and the Debate on Wilderness Restoration. Martin Drenthen

Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?.Martin Drenthen

The Many Meanings of Rewilding: An Introduction and the Case for a Broad Conceptualisation. Andrea R. Gammon

Finding - and Failing to Find - Meaning in Nature. Simon P. James

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Rewilding in Cultural Layered Landscapes. Martin Drenthen

Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: Applying Responsive Cohesion to a Current Problem Situation. Isis Brook


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