New book publication by Charlie Shackleton and Michelle Cocks

Book cover
Book cover

This new book edited by Prof Michelle Cocks from the Dept of Anthropology and Charlie seeks to portray a wide diversity of world views of, interactions with and needs from urban nature from different regions around the world. In doing so it offers some counter to the dominance of literature from the Global North depicting human views, uses and needs of nature as being mostly for passive recreation and regulating services.  Besides the introductory and concluding chapters, the book offers nine case examples from different countries (Brazil, Canada, Europe (generally), Finland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and USA) about views, meanings and uses of nature in particular towns and cities. Each chapter explores and presents qualitative or quantitative (or both) material showing one or more different views and needs of urban nature. Across the entire collection of  chapters, the book shows the varied and often very deep biocultural relationships humans can have (and may need) with nature, and that for many communities there is no separation between views of self and nature because they are indivisible. The last chapter considers the implications of severed biocultural relationships and possible strategies to maintain, restore or foster them.

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