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Urban Place Reconnecting with the Natural World

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ISBN-10: 0262524430

ISBN-13: 9780262524438

Edition: 2005

Authors: Peggy F. Barlett, Roderick Frazier Nash

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Amidst city concrete and suburban sprawl, Americans are discovering new ways to reconnect with the natural world. From community gardens in New York's Lower East Side to homeless shelters in California, the search for a more sustainable future has led grassroots groups to a profound reconnection to place and to the natural world.Studies of the health consequences of renewing a connection with nature support the urgency of providing green surroundings as cities expand and the majority of the earth's population lives in urban areas. Medical research results, from groups as diverse as healthy volunteers, surgery patients, and heart attack survivors, suggest that contact with nature may improve health and well-being. Engagement with nearby natural places also provides restoration from mental fatigue and support for more resilient and cooperative behavior. Aspects of stronger community life are fostered by access to nature, suggesting that there are significant social as well as physical and psychological benefits from connection with the natural world.This volume brings together research from anthropology, sociology, public health, psychology, and landscape architecture to highlight how awareness of locale and a meaningful renewal of attachment with the earth are connected to delight in learning about nature as well as to civic action and new forms of community. Community garden coalitions, organic market advocates, and greenspace preservationists resist the power of global forces, enacting visions of a different future. Their creative efforts tell a story of a constructive and dynamic middle ground between private plots and public action, between human health and ecosystem health, betweenindividual attachment and urban sustainability.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Carolyn Raffensperger is an environmental lawyer and the founding director of the Science and Environmental Health Network.

Roderick Frazier Nash is professor emeritus of history and environmental studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Arenas of Reconnection
Discovering Relationships with the Natural World
Reconnecting with Place: Faculty and the Piedmont Project at Emory University
Lifting Spirits: Creating Gardens in California Domestic Violence Shelters
Elaborating New Forms of Connection
Community Gardens in New York City: Place, Community, and Individuality
Urban Connections to Locally Grown Produce
The Missouri Regional Cuisines Project: Connecting to Place in the Restaurant
Urban Volunteers and the Environment: Forest and Prairie Restoration
Reclaiming Meanings
Nature, Memory, and Nation: New York's Latino Gardens and Casitas
On the Sublime in Nature in Cities
Consequences of Reconnection for Human Health and Functioning
Forest, Savanna, City: Evolutionary Landscapes and Human Functioning
The Health of Places, the Wealth of Evidence
Preference, Restoration, and Meaningful Action in the Context of Nearby Nature
Concluding Remarks: Nature and Health in the Urban Environment
About the Authors