Nature and Experience in the Culture of Delusion: How Industrial Society Lost Touch with Reality

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byDavid W. Kidner

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Industrialism has alienated us from nature, disconnected us from our own embodiment, and blinded us the character of the technological society we have ourselves produced. This book brings together ideas and research from both social and natural sciences to throw light on the hidden dimensions of industrial life, showing how the emerging global economic system has dissolved our embodied subjectivity into industrial processes. The symbolic abilities that have allowed us to dominate all other creatures have now entrapped us within systems that we do not understand and have little control over, making us as vulnerable to the extension of economic and technological ideologies as our ancestors were to the natural threats that surrounded them. If we are to regain our humanity and integrity, the essential first step, outlined in this book, is to recognise and challenge the sources of our own powerlessness.

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Industrialism has alienated us from nature, disconnected us from our own embodiment, and blinded us the character of the technological society we have ourselves produced. This book brings together ideas and research from both social and natural sciences to throw light on the hidden dimensions of industrial life, showing how the emergin...

DAVID KIDNER is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University, UK, having worked for many years as a psychotherapist in private practice. He has published numerous papers in psychological and environmental journals and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Environmenta...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308481

ISBN - 13:9780230308480

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Table of Contents

Preface
Symbolism Breaks Free
The Natural and the Industrial
Growing Out of the World
Lost in (Symbolic) Space
How the Mind Took Over the World
The Industrialised Individual
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"This is an exceptional resource for the multiple disciplines that are concerned with culture, environment and the future of human kind." - Alan E. Stewart, University of Georgia, US