An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature

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Lantern Books, 2004 - Nature - 319 pages
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First published by Simon & Schuster in 1993 and then by Continuum in 1998, Jim Mason's An Unnatural Order has become a classic. Now in a new Lantern edition, the book explores, from an anthropological, sociocultural, and holistic perspective, how and why we have cut ourselves off from other animals and the natural world, and the toll this has taken on our consciousness, our ability to steward nature wisely, and the will to control our own tendencies.
Jim Mason writes: "My own view is that the primal worldview, updated by a scientific understanding of the living world, offers the best hope for a human spirituality. Life on earth is the miracle, the sacred. The dynamic living world is the creator, the First Being, the sustainer, and the final resting place for all living beings--humans included. We humans evolved with other living beings; their lives informed our lives. They provided models for our existence; they shaped our minds and culture. With dominionism out of the way, we could enjoy a deep sense of kinship with the other animals, which would give us a deep sense of belonging to our living world.
"Then, once again, we could feel for this world. We could feel included in the awesome family of living beings. We could feel our continuum with the living world. We could, once again, feel a genuine sense of the sacred in the world."
 

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An unnatural order: uncovering the roots of our domination of nature and each other

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Contents

Preface
11
Dominionism Identified
21
Before Agriculture A World Alive and Ensouled
50
Animals The Most Moving Things in the World
91
Agriculture A New Relationship with Nature a New World Order for Living Beings
118
Misothery and the Reduction of Animals and Nature
158
Misogyny and the Reduction of Women and Female Power
186
Racism and Colonialism Dominating Lands and Others
210
Rituals of Dominionism Then and Now
242
Beyond Dominionism
269
References
299
Index
310
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Jim Mason is an attorney, journalist, lecturer, and coauthor (with Peter Singer) of Animal Factories (1990) and The Ethics of What We Eat (2005).

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