Fences and Freedom: The Philosophy of Hedgelaying

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International Books, 2003 - Nature - 127 pages
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"The West European hedgerow landscape extends along the Atlantic coast, including the British Isles, from Galicia in Spain to Jutland in Denmark. During the last century, however, there has been growing concern about the large-scale loss of hedgerows from the countryside." "In our post-modern age natural boundaries like hedgerows and wooded banks have increasingly been rationalised away at the expense of hard, synthetic barriers like fencing and barbed wire. Fences and Freedom presents an analysis of the vital importance of hedgerows and wooded banks to the conservation of biodiversity and the scenic quality of the countryside." "The book encourages readers to explore t̀he philosohy of hedgelaying', which challenges many common societal assumptions on general lifestyles, attitudes towards nature and culture, and ideas about landscape change in general."--BOOK JACKET.

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Marius de Geus is a professor of political theory and legal theory at the University of Leiden. Thomas van Slobbe is a director of the Dutch National Project on the Reintroduction of Hedges and Hedgerows.

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