Nature watching as weltanschau

SERBAN, PROCHES (2017) Nature watching as weltanschau. In: Sixth International Conference on Advances in Social Science, Management and Human Behaviour - SMHB 2017, 09-10 December, 2017, Rome, Italy.

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Nature alienation is widely perceived as one of the symptoms of the modernity syndrome. The return to nature watching in the form of a hobby has been associated with a variety of benefits in the sphere of both physical and mental health. This practice is more common in advanced economies, and has developed into a substantial economic activity in its own right. Here I focus on the practice of ‘twitching’ – or recording one’s own life list of species as a way of perceiving and understanding world’s diversity. I discuss the geographic levels at which species lists can be placed, the reality of the species concept, and the degrees of certainty one can realistically attach to a given sighting, discussing them both from a positivist perspective, and as individual constructs. I conclude that nature watching can both represent an important component of sensemaking exercises, and contribute useful data to scientific projects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizen science, ecotourism, nature watching, personal geographies, species distribution databases
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2019 09:20
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 09:20

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