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Nature to place: rethinking the environmental connectedness perspective
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Naturvetenskap. Kristianstad University, Research environment Man & Biosphere Health (MABH).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2774-3731
Mid Sweden University.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 40, no December, p. 198-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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2014. Vol. 40, no December, p. 198-205
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13124DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.06.006ISI: 000347582500020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-13124DiVA: diva2:756525
Available from: 2014-10-17 Created: 2014-10-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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