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Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?

Martin Drenthen

Environmental Values 18 (2009): 285-312. DOI: 10.3197/096327109X12474739376451


The creation of new wetlands along rivers as an instrument to mitigate flood risks in times of climate change seduces us to approach the landscape from a 'managerial' perspective and threatens a more place-oriented approach. How to provide ecological restoration with a broad cultural context that can help prevent these new landscapes from becoming non-places, devoid of meaning and with no real connection to our habitable world. In this paper, I discuss three possible alternative interpretations of the meaning of places and place attachment in these 'new nature' projects, and show how all three imply a different view on human identity and history.


Environmental hermeneutics, ethics of place, legible landscape, water management, Postmodernity

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Politics and Place Authenticity Protection. Chiara Certoma

Wildness as a Critical Border Concept: Nietzsche and the Debate on Wilderness Restoration. Martin Drenthen

Do Meaningful Relationships with Nature Contribute to a Worthwhile Life?Dan Firth

Ecological Restoration, Environmentalism and the Dutch Politics of 'New Nature'.Hein-Anton van der Heijden

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Environmental Politics and Place Authenticity Protection. Chiara Certoma

Wilderness as the Place between Philosophy and Theology: Questioning Martin Drenthen on the Otherness of Nature. Forrest Clingerman

Home Economics: Planting the Seeds of a Research Agenda for the Bioregional Economy Molly Scott Cato

Comment on Martin Drenthen's Article, 'Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?'.Nicole Note

Landscapes Devoid of Meaning? A Reply to Note. Martin Drenthen

Environmental Aesthetics and Rewilding. Jonathan Prior, Emily Brady

Self-Identity and Sense of Place: Some Thoughts Regarding Climate Change Adaptation Policy Formulation. Charles N. Herrick

The Many Meanings of Rewilding: An Introduction and the Case for a Broad Conceptualisation. Andrea R. Gammon

Abandoning or Reimagining a Cultural Heartland? Understanding and Responding to Rewilding Conflicts in Wales - the Case of the Cambrian Wildwood. Sophie Wynne-Jones, Graham Strouts, George Holmes

Rewilding in Layered Landscapes as a Challenge to Place Identity. Martin Drenthen

Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: Applying Responsive Cohesion to a Current Problem Situation. Isis Brook

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