Ecology David W. Kidner Nature and Psyche

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Nature and Psyche

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Why has psychology had so little to say about the destruction of nature; and what sort of psychological understanding might help us to regenerate our relation to the natural world? In this groundbreaking book, David Kidner outlines a radically new form of social science that moves beyond the sterile separations between sociology, psychology, anthropology, and politics, and sets the agenda for the sort of understanding that is necessary if we are to successfully address environmental issues.

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David W. Kidner is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Humanities and Communication Studies Programmes at Nottingham Trent University.

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David Kidner s book does for environmental theory what Edward Said s book, Orientalism, did for postcolonial cultural criticism: it lays open the belly of the industrialist beast and shows how pervasive the assumptions of industrialism are in contemporary psychological theory and practice, as well as in academic discourse and environmental practice. Environmental Practice
erudite discussion that analyzes the fragmented industrialist ideology he believes is contributing to the gradual extinction of natural structures. CHOICE
The Titanic is sinking and Kidner rightly shows that it is no longer enough simply to slow the rate of sinking. We need a new boat, and his book provides the first in-depth plans for its construction, a vessel human consciousness which does not start in hubris and the boast of being un-sinkable because we have so distanced ourselves from the natural world. Kidner s book rightly invites participation founded on our resonance with nature. At bottom psyche does sink its roots deep within the earth. This book is destined to become a landmark. Robert Romanyshyn, author of Technology as Symptom and Dream and The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation
Nature and Psyche has a tremendous amount of theoretical drive and integrity. Kidner is not afraid to make large claims, and writes with the sure confidence of a calling, yet never loses a critical edge. What is powerful about his work is the way he gets the reader to really appreciate what is meant by opening the psyche to nature, and, by contrast, the closed and fragmented world of ordinary consciousness. Joel Kovel, author of History and Spirit: An Inquiry into the Philosophy of Liberation"

"David Kidner's book ... does for environmental theory what Edward Said's book, Orientalism, did for postcolonial cultural criticism: it lays open the belly of the industrialist beast and shows how pervasive the assumptions of industrialism are in contemporary psychological theory and practice, as well as in academic discourse and environmental practice." -- Environmental Practice

..".erudite discussion that analyzes the fragmented industrialist ideology he believes is contributing to the gradual extinction of natural structures." -- CHOICE

"The Titanic is sinking and Kidner rightly shows that it is no longer enough simply to slow the rate of sinking. We need a new boat, and his book provides the first in-depth plans for its construction, a vessel--human consciousness--which does not start in hubris and the boast of being un-sinkable because we have so distanced ourselves from the natural world. Kidner's book rightly invites participation founded on our resonance with nature. At bottom psyche does sink its roots deep within the earth. This book is destined to become a landmark." -- Robert Romanyshyn, author of Technology as Symptom and Dream and The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation

"Nature and Psyche has a tremendous amount of theoretical drive and integrity. Kidner is not afraid to make large claims, and writes with the sure confidence of a calling, yet never loses a critical edge. What is powerful about his work is the way he gets the reader to really appreciate what is meant by opening the psyche to nature, and, by contrast, the closed and fragmented world of ordinary consciousness." -- Joel Kovel, author of History and Spirit: An Inquiry into the Philosophy of Liberation

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