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Landscape and Identity: Geographies of Nation and Class in England
In England, perhaps more than most places, people's engagement with the landscape is deeply felt and has often been expressed through artistic media. The popularity of walking and walking clubs perhaps provides the most compelling evidence of the important role landscape plays in people's lives. Not only is individual identity rooted in experiencing landscape, but under ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Bloomsbury Academic
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The English have a self image of a strong relationship with the landscape, with the physical place of England as its countryside; the plethora of woalking groups, the importance of walking holidays, the emergence of youth hostels, the important political struggles over access to the countryside are all issues that a particular model of Englishness hangs on. I noticed this as an immigrant, and in my pat of england, the Cotswolds, this self image is powerful. But it is also localised, possibly ...more
I love this book, by an independent scholar who apparently taught in a private school, because it explains in great detail the English ideology that ordinary people should appreciate landscapes and contribute to their upkeep without being made welcome there. Conservationism, tragedy of the commons arguments, rights of way, all explained. Particularly good are the sections on working-class and women's walking societies. The author did participant observation as well as records research. This is ...more