Human-nature relationships: Navigating a privileged white landscape

Jamie Mcphie, David Clarke

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Abstract / Description of output

It can be tempting to think of experiences in ‘nature’, and building ‘human-nature’ relationships, as relatively politically neutral, or even straightforwardly beneficial. In this chapter we point out a danger in this approach. We take account of the present rise of the far-right and ecofascism to offer a brief critical material overview of some of the political positions which have informed the birth of some key terms in Western environmental thinking - including ecology, ecosystems, and holism. Further to this, we discuss the re-emergence of fascist ecologies and highlight the fine line between simplistic, dualistically-informed, environmental advocacy and racist and bigoted misanthropy. We suggest that tackling environmental problems is more challenging than building connections or relationships with a perceived ‘nature’ and that outdoor and environmental educators need to remain ever vigilant of the political ramifications of the knowledges of ‘nature’ which inform their pedagogies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOutdoor Environmental Education in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
EditorsGlyn Thomas, Janet Dyment, Heather Prince
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030759803
ISBN (Print)9783030759797, 9783030759827
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education
ISSN (Print)2214-4218

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • human-nature relationships
  • nature, ecology
  • ecosystems
  • holism
  • social ecology
  • ecofascism


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