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A surprising and enlightening investigation of how modern society is making nature sacred once again
For more than two centuries, Western cultures, as they became ever more industrialized, increasingly regarded the natural world as little more than a collection of useful raw resources. The folklore... MORE
But now, as acclaimed sociologist James William Gibson reveals in this insightful study, the culture of enchantment is making an astonishing comeback. From Greenpeace eco-warriors to evangelical Christians preaching "creation care" and geneticists who speak of human-animal kinship, Gibson finds a remarkably broad yearning for a spiritual reconnection to nature. As we grapple with increasingly dire environmental disasters, he points to this cultural shift as the last utopian dream—the final hope for protecting the world that all of us must live in.
|Introduction: Call of the Wild||p. 1|
|Forms of Enchantment|
|Modernity and Its Discontents||p. 15|
|Animals Who Speak to Us||p. 38|
|Holy Lands||p. 68|
|Space Exploration, Gaia, and the Greening of Religion||p. 93|
|Eco-Warriors and Blood Sacrifice||p. 124|
|Troubles in Paradise|
|Loving It to Death||p. 145|
|Imitation Wildness an... MORE||p. 168|
|The Right-Wing War on the Land||p. 192|
|Fighting Back||p. 221|
|The Journey Ahead||p. 245|
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James William Gibson is the author of Warrior Dreams: Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America and The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the winner of multiple awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gibson is a professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Los Angeles.