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Views of Nature and Environmental Concern in Iceland
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Environmental concern in contemporary societies is a complex phenomenon which is shaped and influenced by a host of different factors. One of the most important of these is the interplay between culture and nature that has taken place during the course of a nation’s history and the various ‛views of nature’ that such interplay has generated. Such views can e.g. manifest themselves in aesthetic judgments of natural scenery or, more generally, in the values that nature is seen to contain or carry. They form the base from which contemporary ideas, conceptions, and evaluations of nature are generated and debated.

The five studies that together comprise this thesis explore the socio-cultural background of Icelandic environmentalism from a number of different perspectives. The first study concerns the depiction(s) of nature that can be found in the oldest literary works that have survived in Iceland. The second study deals with the first attempts by an Icelander to visualize nature in his homeland, using photographic media. The third study seeks to compare contemporary views of nature amongst Icelanders, e.g. concerning the appreciation of natural beauty, with those of Swedes and Danes. The fourth study reports the results of an extensive survey which probed the environmental values, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of present

day Icelanders. The fifth study builds on this same survey but focuses on the public understanding and perceptions of sustainable development, and also on the connections between attitudes toward environmental and developmental issues.

This overall thesis project was multi-disciplinary in nature, combining theory drawn from environmental philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics, with the theories and methods of environmental sociology, politics and history. The empirical studies employed, furthermore sought to operationalize certain key theoretical constructs relating to views of nature, such as environmental value orientations and aesthetic appreciation of nature, and thus ‛build bridges’ between the concerns, theories and methods of the humanities, on one side, and those of the social sciences, on the other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2005. , 57 + articles 1-5 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 339
Keyword [en]
Views, Nature, Environmental, Concern, Ethics, Iceland
Keyword [sv]
Miljöhistoria, Island, Naturuppfattning, Naturskydd, Historia
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-4591ISBN: 91-85457-41-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-4591DiVA: diva2:20655
Public defence
2005-10-22, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, 14:00 (English)
Supervisors
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14 Last updated: 2014-09-05Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Nature in Medieval Icelandic and Nordic Literature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nature in Medieval Icelandic and Nordic Literature
2005 (English)In: Environmental History, ISSN 1084-5453, E-ISSN 1930-8892Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13396 (URN)
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-13
2. Sigfús Eymundsson 1837-1911: Icelandic Landscape Photography
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sigfús Eymundsson 1837-1911: Icelandic Landscape Photography
1999 (English)In: History of Photography, ISSN 0308-7298, Vol. 23, no 1, 18-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13397 (URN)
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14
3. Views of Nature in Iceland: A Comparative Approach
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Views of Nature in Iceland: A Comparative Approach
2005 (English)In: Environmental Conservation, ISSN 0376-8929Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13398 (URN)
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14
4. Environmental Concern in Iceland: Values, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental Concern in Iceland: Values, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors
2005 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13399 (URN)
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved
5. Sustainable Development in Iceland: Public Perceptions, Understanding, and Awareness
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable Development in Iceland: Public Perceptions, Understanding, and Awareness
2005 (English)In: Environment, Development and Sustainabilty, ISSN 1573-2975Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13400 (URN)
Available from: 2005-11-14 Created: 2005-11-14

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