What are the links between environment and world view? Topophilia, the affective bond between people and place, is the primary theme of this book that examines environmental perceptions and values at different levels: the species, the group, and the individual.
Yi-Fu Tuan holds culture and environment and topophilia and environment as distinct in order to show how they mutually contribute to the formation of values. Topophilia examines the search for environment in the city, suburb, countryside, and wilderness from a dialectical perspective, distinguishes different types of environmental experience, and describes their character.
Tuan has written a new preface to this 1974 exposition (Prentice-Hall) on how people perceive, structure, and evaluate the physical environment, natural and man-made; what have been, and what are, our environmental ideals; how economy, life style, and the physical setting itself affect environmental attitudes and values; and the links between environment and world view. His thinking and writing are clear (and still relevant) on a diffuse concept: topophilia--the affective bond between people and place or setting. Paper edition (unseen), $15. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)