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Environmental Aesthetics and Rewilding

Jonathan Prior and Emily Brady

Environmental Values 26 (2017): 31-51. doi: 10.3197/096327117X14809634978519

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This paper explores the practice of rewilding and its implications for environmental aesthetic values, qualities and experiences. First, we consider the temporal dimensions of rewilding in regard to the emergence of particular aesthetic qualities over time, and our aesthetic appreciation of these. Second, we discuss how rewilding potentially brings about difficult aesthetic experiences, such as the unscenic and the ugly. Finally, we make progress in critically understanding how rewilding may be understood as a distinctive form of ecological restoration, while resisting the assimilation of rewilding into wilderness discourses.


Rewilding, ecological restoration, environmental aesthetics, environmental management, ethics

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Aesthetic Value, Ethics and Climate Change. Emily Brady

Ecological Restoration Restored.Robert L. Chapman

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

De-Domestication: Ethics at the Intersection of Landscape Restoration and Animal Welfare. Christian Gamborg, Bart Gremmen, Stine B. Christiansen and Peter Sandøe

Beauty for Ever? Keekok Lee

Re-enchanting Conservation Work: Reflections on the Australian Experience Martin Mulligan

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: A Diversity of Imaginaries. Simon Hailwood

Moral-Material Ontologies of Nature Conservation: Exploring the Discord Between Ecological Restoration and Novel Ecosystems.Mick Lennon

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

Abandoning or Reimagining a Cultural Heartland? Understanding and Responding to Rewilding Conflicts in Wales - the Case of the Cambrian Wildwood. Sophie Wynne-Jones, Graham Strouts, George Holmes

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

Movement, Wildness and Animal Aesthetics. Tom Greaves

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