Anthropocentrism, Agency, and the Transforming Self
This chapter broaches the complexity of how people relate to the non-human landscape as either a mediator or intermediary in experience. Some view the landscape as having intention over their experience, and some believe in only the efficacy and sociality of the human within nature encounters. Individuals, often unaware of their positioning, could not be placed as either entirely ecocentric or anthropocentric but instead somewhere in between. All groups use the natural landscape as a means to positive wellbeing. Here, Crowther explores reciprocity, personification, and anthropomorphism whilst acknowledging the inevitability of anthropocentrism. She considers nature as social, the agency of self and group and self-development, and also the relevance of the natural landscape in these excursions in relation to wellbeing.
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