Dualist Effects on Structure and Dynamics

  • Neil H. Kessler
Part of the AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series book series (AESS)


Human/nature dualisms can distort and/or collapse the structure and dynamics of interdependent human-nature relationships, as adapted from interhuman interdependence theory in the previous chapter. Some of the fields and disciplines that contain such dualisms are conservation psychology, place theories, sustainability, and posthumanist fields such as common worlds pedagogy and critical animal studies. Even in these posthumanist theories, various human/nature dualist assumptions (some obvious and others extraordinarily subtle) about the passive materiality and limited relational capacities of more-than-human beings, operate to impinge upon and sometimes destroy the possibility for reciprocal closeness.


Common world pedagogy Critical animal studies Posthumanism Sustainability Place attachment theory Connection to Nature Scale Human/nature dualism Connectivity to nature Conservation psychology Passive material more-than-human objects 


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  • Neil H. Kessler
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  1. 1.Department of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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