Anthropologie des relations de l'Homme à la Nature : la Nature vécue entre peur destructrice et communion intime

Abstract : How to understand Man's relationship with Nature ? This study, achieved with sensitive surveys, is a qualitative and reflexive anthropology. It uses anthrozoology, palaeoanthropology and ethology, symbolism and imagination. If Man is afraid of Nature, how does he manifest it? Nature without mystique, dominated, controled, “boxed”, polluted, destroyed, re-created in artificial situations, Nature makes us examine Man, his complex fears, paradoxes. And Man's exploration of Nature in daily life or in extreme circumstances, what is he looking for? Nature is an essential need, for well-being, a means of exploring one's own senses, a source of renewal, a method of escaping society's pressures. Man's inner problems are reflected in Nature. It affords him a resting view of himself. It mirrors the animal side of Man. These relationships are ambivalent: between destructive fear and sympathetic interaction, they have as many aspects, facets and reactions as each individual has. Relationships with wildlife, how are they experienced and why? They offer the possibility of (re)discovering oneself whilst discovering the Other, they offer a richness of understanding faced with the natural unknown which wants to be in contact. Nature offers multifaceted enrichment: for the body, senses, emotions, feelings, self-knowledge, mind and spirituality. Thus, Man may experience an inner transformation
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Social Anthropology and ethnology. Université Rennes 2; Université Européenne de Bretagne, 2009. French


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Stéphanie Chanvallon. Anthropologie des relations de l'Homme à la Nature : la Nature vécue entre peur destructrice et communion intime. Social Anthropology and ethnology. Université Rennes 2; Université Européenne de Bretagne, 2009. French. <tel-00458244v2>

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