Tensional Landscapes: The Dynamics of Boundaries and Placements

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Gary Backhaus, John Murungi
Lexington Books, 2003 - Philosophy - 197 pages
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The contributors to this volume address global, regional, and local landscapes, cosmopolitan and indigenous cultures, and human and more-than-human ecology as they work to reveal place-specific tensional dynamics. Essays discuss Kant's theory of cosmopolitanism versus Hegel's philosophy of geographical determinism; the tension of cosmopolitanism versus a closer embeddedness in place-scapes; geographical determinism in the colonial practices of Colombia and in the current political rhetoric surrounding the revival of Saxony; preservational policies in Norway; regulation of gated communities in the United States; and the hermeneutics of Ground Zero. This unusual book, which covers such a wide-ranging array of topics, coheres into a work that will be a valuable reference for scholars of geography and the philosophy of place.
 

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Contents

On the Threshold of History The Role of Nature and Africa in Hegels Philosophy
1
Mapping Cultures Histories and Economic Development Anthropology and the Colombian Caribbean
19
Earthling or Cosmopolitan? The Limits of Interlocution
37
Democratizing the Transnational Corporate State The Question of Environmental Nationalism
51
Castles Made of Sand Territoriality and Exclusion in Coastal AotearoaNew Zealand
63
Landscape and Meaning The Immaterial Dimension of Environmental Preservation
79
Spatial BoundariesSpatial Visions The Case of Saxony
103
Knowing Our Places in Old and New KnowledgeBased Economies
113
Athens Alexandria Jerusalem Heidegger and Levinas on the Other and the City
137
Contracting Neighborhood Social Reality and Human Nature at Work in Suburbia
153
The Trail of the Tears of Ground Zero
163
Selected Bibliography
177
Index
187
About the Contributors
195
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Gary Backhaus teaches at Morgan State University. He is the coeditor of Transformations in Urban and Suburban Landscapes (with John Murungi, Lexington Books, 2002). John Murungi is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.

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