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Journeying between Home and Nature: A Geo-Phenomenological Exploration and its Insights for Learning

Ruyu Hung

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 233-251. doi: 10.3197/096327110X12699420220671


'Home' and 'nature' are usually taken as two opposite concepts in relation to human geographical experience. However, drawing on the perspective of geo-phenomenology, this paper argues that the meanings of nature and home overlap to the extent that it is possible to experience nature as home. Moreover, it can be shown from the paradoxically interwoven senses of nature and of home that there is a dynamic process of a to and fro journey between nature and home. Fertile educational implications can be drawn out from the invisible journey: first, the dynamic experience between nature and home elicits a learning about differences; and secondly, the experience of nature as home, which can inspire feelings for nature, implies an ethical dimension of learning to treat nature as carefully as home.


Geographical-phenomenology, home, journey, learning of difference, strangeness

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