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Bewildering Spaces
Bewildering spaces

Wildness (as opposed to wilderness) can be found anywhere; in the seemingly tame fields and woodlots of Massachusetts, in the cracks of a Manhattan sidewalk, even in the cells of our own bodies. (William Cronon, 1995: 89, original emphasis)

What does it mean to be ‘wild’ at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Everyday understandings of the ‘wild’ place the creatures and spaces so called outside the compass of human society. In various ways this treatment of the wild as a pristine exterior, the touchstone of an original nature, sets the parameters of contemporary environmental politics. Millennial anxieties about the seemingly limitless technological reach of human society, from global warming to genetic engineering, have shaken this framing of the wild to its core, ...

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