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ERIC Number: ED114298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Man and Nature, Resource Paper No. 10.
Tuan, Yi-Fu
Man and nature is the theme of this resource paper which is part of a series designed to supplement existing texts and to fill a gap between significant research in geography and readily accessible materials. The approach followed in the paper is loosely dialectical: the intent is to understand man and nature by posing one concept against the other. The paper begins with definitions, setting nature and man side by side. Then man, as a biological organism, subject to nature, is contrasted with man as agent for change, subduing nature. Next, the theory of how man structures his world is taken up, showing how man arranges elements and events of nature to conform to his own sense of order. The consequences of man -made schemata imposed on nature are noted. Lastly, the solution to the problem of a deteriorating environment and its threat to livelihood and social harmony is measured for success in terms of improvements in the means of food production which allow rapid gains in population. Concluding remarks emphasize the open-ended nature of the original theme of man and nature. A bibliography is included. (Author/KSM)
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.