According to geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one Escapism. Front Cover. Yi-fu Tuan. Johns Hopkins University Press, . Escapism has ratings and 17 reviews. Jason said: One of the best books you’ re likely to read if you want to understand the nature of human behaviour. The geographer Yi-Fu Tuan traces the roots of this migratory tendency ‘ Escapism’ has a somewhat negative meaning in our society and.

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A certain epic grandeur attaches to them, for migrants must be willing to take steps that make life even more difficult than it already is in the hope of future felicity.

About simplification, however, one can feel ambivalent. Mar 03, Carol rated it it was amazing. The author –a Chinese-American– is the definition of erudite.

I left it feeling anxious and pessimistic and yet at the same time oddly comforted. Elias Coll rated it liked it Feb 11, But again my question is, What if culture is, in a fundamental sense, a mechanism of escape? A Cosmopolite’s Viewpoint; Topophilia: No trivia or quizzes yet.

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No eBook available Amazon. Jul 18, Jerad rated it it was amazing.


For one reason or another, they are not content with being where they are. Significantly, only humans have culture. And such a convivial tour guide! Consider the Lele of Kasai in tropical Africa. The second problem is that the middle landscape, whatever the kind, proves unstable.

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Participation in a ritual is participation in something serious and real; it is escape from the banality and opaqueness of life into an event that clarifies life and yet preserves a sense of mystery.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Over the years such movements become habit, their circuits habitat.

Jan 09, David rated it it was amazing. Daydreaming or wishful thinking would not answer. Nostalgia for traditional ways of esca;ism a living on the family farm is at least in part a wish to regain a sense of weight and necessity, of being subjected to demands of nature that allow little or no room for fanciful choice. Then humans enter, and our story begins. Human beings are by nature restless, and that being so, it is hardly something that can be held against a person.

Much of the human story can be told as one of migration. And the aggression provoked by this existential wanderlust is rapidly gaining ground. Jun 25, Elise Barker rated it it was amazing. Far from being shock or impact, the real is the familiar, the predictable, the nurturing and all-enveloping. Geographers study the earth as human habitat or home. It’s the smartest, yi-du, most earnest book I’ve read in years.


Tuan looks at what it means to be human, with all its weirdness, contradictions, and possibility. How short is their memory!

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Back-to-nature movements at all scales, including the epic scale of transatlantic migration, have seldom resulted in the abandonment, or even serious depletion, of populations in the home bases — the major cities and metropolitan fields, which over time have continued to gain inhabitants and to further distance themselves from nature.

His previous books include Cosmos and Hearth: That merging into nature is enhanced by another common perception of peasant life: Migration and the in situ transformation of the environment are two major themes — the two major themes — in human geography.

People who live on tian off the land are rooted in place. Johns Hopkins University Press- Philosophy – pages. May 30, Dawn rated it liked it.