Rethinking rewilding: A response to Jørgensen

Rethinking rewilding: A response to Jørgensen 1 Introduction</h5> Dolly Jørgensen’s article ‘rethinking rewilding’ ( Jørgensen, 2015 ), arrives during a fertile period of time for those with a scholarly or applied interest in the direction of human/non-human relations in general, and environmental conservation in particular. Given the emergence of rewilding within both conservation and popular discourse, now is a good time for critical social scientists and humanities scholars to join the debate on the future of this strategy of ecological restoration, and so we welcome Jørgensen’s intervention.</P>Over the majority of the paper, Jørgensen outlines six main ways in which the term ‘rewilding’ has been defined within the extant literature, before offering a critique of the term along two lines of reasoning. Firstly, Jørgensen argues that during its relatively short time of existence, ‘rewilding’ has become a ‘plastic word’ that has been stretched to the point where it lacks definitional precision, and is at risk of becoming ‘the go-to blanket solution to environmental problems’ ( Jørgensen, 2015, p. 486 ). Secondly, she argues that the practice of rewilding is premised upon the dissociation of humans from the rest of nature: ‘Rewilding as currently practiced disavows human history and finds value only in historical ecologies prior http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geoforum Elsevier

Rethinking rewilding: A response to Jørgensen

Geoforum, Volume 69 – Feb 1, 2016

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd
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0016-7185
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1872-9398
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10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.12.003
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1 Introduction</h5> Dolly Jørgensen’s article ‘rethinking rewilding’ ( Jørgensen, 2015 ), arrives during a fertile period of time for those with a scholarly or applied interest in the direction of human/non-human relations in general, and environmental conservation in particular. Given the emergence of rewilding within both conservation and popular discourse, now is a good time for critical social scientists and humanities scholars to join the debate on the future of this strategy of ecological restoration, and so we welcome Jørgensen’s intervention.</P>Over the majority of the paper, Jørgensen outlines six main ways in which the term ‘rewilding’ has been defined within the extant literature, before offering a critique of the term along two lines of reasoning. Firstly, Jørgensen argues that during its relatively short time of existence, ‘rewilding’ has become a ‘plastic word’ that has been stretched to the point where it lacks definitional precision, and is at risk of becoming ‘the go-to blanket solution to environmental problems’ ( Jørgensen, 2015, p. 486 ). Secondly, she argues that the practice of rewilding is premised upon the dissociation of humans from the rest of nature: ‘Rewilding as currently practiced disavows human history and finds value only in historical ecologies prior

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GeoforumElsevier

Published: Feb 1, 2016

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