Changing Perceptions of Nature

Changing Perceptions of Nature

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The concepts of nature, culture and heritage are deeply entwined; their threads run together in some of our finest museums, in accounts of exploration and discovery, in the work of artists, poets and writers, and in areas that are cherished and protected because of their landscapes and wildlife. The conservation ethic - placing a value on the natural environment - lies at the heart of the notion of "natural heritage", but we need to question how those values originated, were consolidated and ultimately moulded and changed over time. In a contemporary context the connections between nature and culture have sometimes become lost, fragmented, dislocated or misunderstood; where did "natural heritage" begin and how do we engage with the idea of "nature" today? The essays collected here re-evaluate the role of culture in developing the concept of natural heritage, reflecting on the shifts in its interpretation over the last 300 years.

Contributors: Martin Holdgate, Marie Addyman, E. Charles Nelson, Darrell Smith, Andrew Ramsey, Viktor Kouloumpis, Richard Milner, Gina Douglas, Penny Bradshaw, Arthur MacGregor, Chiara Nepi, Hannah Paddon, Stephen Hewitt, Gordon McGregor Reid, Ghillean T Prance, Peter Davis, Christopher Donaldson, Lucy McRobert, Sophie Darlington, Keith Scholey, Paul A. Roncken, Angus Lunn, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Tim Sands, Robert A. Lambert, James Champion, Erwin van Maanen, Heather Prince, Chris Loynes, Julie Taylor, Sarah Elmeligi, Samantha Finn, Owen Nevin, Jared Bowers, Kate Hennessy, Natasha Lyons, Mike Jeffries.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 22.86mm | 884.51g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, black and white; 56 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1783271051
  • 9781783271054

Table of contents

Foreword - Martin Holdgate
Introduction - Ian Convery and Peter Davis
'The Nomination of the Visible': William Turner's Practice of Natural History - Marie Addyman
Early European Perceptions of the Nature of Australia - Charles Nelson
Conserving Natural Heritage: Shifting Positions of Culture and Nature - Darrell Smith and Ian Convery and Andrew Ramsey and Viktor Kouloumpis
Three Birds of a Feather - Darwin, Wallace and Attenborough: An Unbroken Tradition of Finding Where the Wild Things Are - Richard Milner
Organising, Naming and Ordering Nature - Gina Douglas
Our 'Great Entail': Constructing the Cultural Value of the Lake District - Penny Bradshaw
Renaissance Collecting and Understanding of the Natural World - Arthur MacGregor
Botanical Collecting, Herbaria and the Understanding of Nature - Chiara Nepi
Taxidermy and the Representation of Nature - Hannah Paddon
The Significance of Natural History Collections in the 21st Century - Stephen Hewitt
Changed Attitudes to Nature Reflected in the Transformation of Menageries to Zoos - Gordon McGregor Reid
Interpretation in Botanic Gardens - Ghillean T. Prance and Peter Davis
Shifting Interpretations of the English Lake District - Christopher Donaldson
Facebook Nature: My Generation and Other Animals - Lucy McRobert
Visual Narratives in Wildlife Film-making - Sophie Darlington
A History of Half a Century of Wildlife Television and its Impact on Audiences - Keith Scholey
Landscape, Nature and the Contemporary Sublime in Illustrated Children's Literature - Paul A. Roncken and Ian Convery
The Public Perception of Protected Areas in the UK - Angus Lunn
Conservation of Rare Species and Natural Heritage: the Wild and the Tame - Juliet Clutton-Brock
Our Vanishing Natural Heritage and The Wildlife Trusts: a Century of Influence and Local Action for Nature and People - Tim Sands and Robert Lambert
A Champion of the Tiger's Cause - James Champion
Adventure, Nature and Commodification - Heather Prince and Chris Loynes
Destination Nature: Wildlife and the Rise of Domestic Ecotourism in Britain, 1880-2015 - Robert Lambert
Wild Places as Therapeutic Environments - Julie Taylor
Citizen Science and the Perception of Nature - Ian Convery and Sarah Elmeligi and Samantha Finn and Owen Nevin
Using Community-based Cultural Tourism to Enhance Nature Conservation in the Rupununi, Guyana - Jared Bowers
Representing Natural Heritage in Digital Space: from the National Museum of Natural History to Inuvialuit Living History - Kate Hennessy
Using Community-based Cultural Tourism to Enhance Nature Conservation in the Rupununi, Guyana - Natasha Lyons
Out of the Wild Wood and into our Beds: the Evolutionary History of Teddy Bears and the Natural Selection of Deadly Cuteness - Mike Jeffries
Rewilding: the Realisation and Reality of a New Challenge for Nature in the 21st Century - Erwin van van Maanen and Ian Convery
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Review quote

An extremely rich source of viewpoints and explorations of what nature means. ARCHIVES OF NATURAL HISTORY

Many chapters provide only an introduction and/or a tantalizing taste of the subject, but all have extensive bibliographies. Topics range from the perceptions of explorers and naturalists, the development of scientific collections and taxidermy, individual areas and locations, and nature in art and film to nature deficit disorder, social media, ecotourism, citizen science, and teddy bears. [...] This work is mainly recommended for collections with a focus on the history and/or philosophy of science, nature, or environmentalism. CHOICE
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About Dr. Ian Convery

Peter Davis was born in August 1921. He joined an infantry unit after school, deferring a scholarship to Cambridge until after the War. In 1942 he joined the SAS. This book tells of his experiences in Sicily and Italy in 1942 and 1943. He went on to be promoted to Captain and following a skirmish in France in 1945, was awarded the Military Cross. After the War, he took up his scholarship and was granted a Master of Arts degree. He married and moved to South Africa. Peter was murdered on 4 March 1994 and this remains an unsolved crime. Editor Details: Paul Davies, the author's son, has resettled in the UK after many years in South Africa.
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