Nature to place: Rethinking the environmental connectedness perspective
2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 40, 198-205 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The environmental connectedness perspective posits that direct encounter with generalized, or non-specific "nature," leads to environmental connectedness and subsequent pro-environmental behavior. This article examines this perspective and proposes a place-based application of the nature encounter-environmental behavior relation. An empirical study using data from a national survey on outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism is presented. Results show a minimal relationship between measures of environmental connectedness and self-reports of environmental behavior. The following examination of the environmental connectedness perspective reveals that environmental connectedness is rooted in a material/objective perspective, neglecting the human domain of perceptions, values, and representations. The environment as "nature" is portrayed as a geographically undefined agent with the inherent power to change human attitudes and behavior. Based on this, the article concludes with a proposed replacement of the elusive concept of nature for the relational concept of place. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 40, 198-205 p.
Dualism, Environmental behavior, Human-environment relationship, Outdoor recreation, Place attachment
Research subject Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35998DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.06.006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84904300965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35998DiVA: diva2:811239