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Protipřírodní subkultura: plod civilizace, ideová opozice, estetická póza

Title in English Anti-nature subcultures: product if civilisation, oppositional ideology, aesthetic posturing


Year of publication 2009
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description Nature lovers and greens form a subculture characterized by specific lifestyle, aesthetics and values. Prominent among these are a closeness to nature and highly critical attitudes to "alienation from nature" and to individualism. The concept of "alienation from nature" can have two meanings: It can be seen as a core aspect of human civilization, but it can also be understood to describe a basic characteristic of a subculture of explicit and usually highly individualistic "anti-naturalism". This paper describes such subcultures giving the example of the lifestyle of J. P. Sartre and of other cafe-frequenting writers and artists as well as that of contemporary professionals in genetic manipulation and computers, architects and engineers. The author suggests that the ecological footprint of the "alienated" may be smaller than environmentalist critics assume. In conclusion, she emphasizes that urban lifestyle, despite its "alienated" character, has been and still remains a source of modern nature conservation efforts.
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