BOOK REVIEWS Clayton, Susan and Opotow, Susan (eds) Identity and the Natural En- vironment: The psychological signi ﬁ cance of nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. Pp. 384. ISBN: 0262532069 (PBK) USD$32. This edited collection by Susan Clayton and Susan Opotow brings together some fascinating papers on the role of nature (or aspects thereof ) in the development of psychological identity. The importance of the questions addressed in this volume stems from the now well established idea that a change in our behaviour towards the environment will not come about through knowledge of environmental problems or even necessarily through direct contact with the e ﬀ ects of, for example, pollution, but requires some kind of environmental aspect to our identity. How that environmental/ ecological/caring for nature aspect takes shape and is nurtured, or not, in various social contexts is extensively investigated throughout the various papers. Although the predominant discipline of the con- tributors is psychology, a range of other disciplines are also brought to bear on the questions and the text is certainly accessible to non-psychologists. The book is organised into three parts: the ﬁ rst focuses on how individuals experience nature; the second on how we experience
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