"Wilderness and the American Mind"
Discusses Rodney Nash's book on the American population's changing view of the wilderness.
# 29901 | 1,597 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Aug 17, 2003 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Environmental Studies (Management) , English (Analysis) , Environmental Studies (General)
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In the book "Wilderness and the American Mind" by Roderick Nash, the author writes that the attitudes of Americans towards the dichotomy between wilderness and civilization have shifted over time. The book shows how Nash analyzes the reasons for the shift, the nature of the shift and the possible direction for the future. The paper discusses how different attitudes toward the wilderness can be seen as different themes in American history and they are not entirely distinct in time, meaning that they may exist at one and the same time, though one or another will dominate and so be the mark of the age. The wilderness has been seen as something "evil," something to be conquered and tamed. The wilderness can be seen as something involving a form of communion, indicating a belief in the spiritual nature of the wilderness. More recently, the wilderness is depicted as endangered and as something to be preserved and protected.
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