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Living with NatureEnvironmental Politics as Cultural Discourse$
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Frank Fischer and Maarten Hajer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829509X.001.0001

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The North As/and the Other: Ecology, Domination, Solidarity

The North As/and the Other: Ecology, Domination, Solidarity

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(p.42) 2 The North As/and the Other: Ecology, Domination, Solidarity
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Living with Nature
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Yrjö Haila

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019829509X.003.0003

Argues that the holistic notion of the ‘whole earth’ as a protectable entity is too insensitive to, and remote from, real human life‐worlds. It works as a poetic vision but not as a framework for sound environmental policy. The examples of Russian colonization of Yakutia in eastern Siberia and of Spanish colonization in Central and Latin America illustrate the conceptual dangers that attend such an ‘objectifying’ attitude. The chapter cites stages in Western philosophy depicting the ‘otherness’ of the natural world as a domain to be conquered, and suggests that a more sympathetic understanding of humanity's place in it is required. This in turn requires greater mutual respect between human beings.

Keywords:   colonization, natural world, nature, otherness

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