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Deep Ecology, Hybrid Geographies, and Environmental Management's Relational Premise

Kate I. Booth

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 523-543. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13690717320829


The premise of environmental management pivots on managing the people-environment relationship. Yet this field remains dominated by the idea of managing the environment not the relationship, and as such continues to enact dualistic and reductionist traditions. Deep ecology's relational ontology offers a means of moving beneath and beyond such traditions. Specifically, the theory of internal relations as manifest within Arne Naess's gestalt ontology - if developed with regard to relational work emerging within cultural geography - is an aspect of deep ecology that has relevance and implications for environmental management's theory and practice. Such a stance provides qualified support for Warwick Fox's identification of the significance of Self-realisation within deep ecological philosophy, and counters attempts by some deep ecology proponents to write Fox and his work out of the history and future prospects of deep ecology.


Deep ecology, environmental management, gestalt ontology, hybrid geographies, place

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Politics and Place Authenticity Protection. Chiara Certoma

Environmental Values and Adaptive Management Bryan G. Norton and Anne C. Steinemann

Natura economica in Environmental ValuationKatrine Soma

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Editorial: Some Reasons for Optimism Simon Hailwood

Hundertwasser - Inspiration for Environmental Ethics: Reformulating the Ecological Self. Nir Barak

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