Pragmatic thinking about self, society, and natural environment: Mead, Carson, and beyond

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Abstract

An interactionist approach provides a relevant point of view on human-natural environment relations. This essay draws on an interactionist approach from a Meadian, pragmatic, social constructionist perspective. In the context of grounded distinctions for interpreting "natural environment," this discussion considers instances of human intervention and levels of responses, for example, individual, social, cultural, historical, and Utopian, as variant, even conflicting, reconstructions of the foundational relationship of human-natural environment interaction. Incorporating a pragmatic model derived from Rachel Carson, the work at hand focuses on knowledge and ethical claims, as discourse and action shift from preventing to mitigating and adjusting environmental outcomes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Author-supplied keywords

  • CARSON, Rachel, 1907-1964
  • ENVIRONMENTAL impact analysis
  • HUMAN behavior
  • INTERACTION (Philosophy)
  • MAN -- Influence of environment
  • NATURE
  • PRAGMATISM
  • SOCIAL aspects
  • SOCIAL change
  • SOCIAL constructionism
  • SOCIAL interaction
  • SYMBOLIC interactionism
  • adjustment
  • environment

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  • Andrew J Weigert

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