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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I am not sure I can adequately summarize what his book means to me, but I can say that it is a book that is beginning to change my thinking about so much. yi-fh

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Jul 06, Andrew rated it really liked it Recommends it for: They do not have cities, yet they know what it is like to yearn for nature. Tuan looks at what it means to be human, with all its weirdness, contradictions, and possibility.


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To locals and outsiders alike, its past as a succession of goals, repeatedly met or — for lack of power — renounced, is lost to consciousness. Villagers are therefore inclined to see nature in a suspicious light.

Then humans enter, and our story begins. His previous books include Cosmos and Hearth: Yi-Fu Tuan is an emeritus professor of geography. Want to Read saving….

In early medieval times they were an indiscriminate mixture of the useful and the beautiful, as much horticulture as art. Consider the Lele of Kasai in tropical Africa. Interesting viewpoint – how humankind’s essential nature is to escape whatever situation we are in: I am someone who doesnt really like to inform people of my whereabouts and loves to run away whenever I could.

Escaping or returning to nature is a well-worn theme. The United States of America proclaims itself a land of immigrants. A book about a lot of things, and nothing in particular.

The author –a Chinese-American– is the definition of erudite. For completion, at least one more sense of the word demands to be added. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I’ve been slowly reading this book for a couple months now.

Escapism Yi-fu Tuan Snippet view – 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. Migration is clearly a type of escape. Human restlessness finds release in geographical mobility. On top of that, Tuan writes not only in very specific terms, but has a lovely ability to stream sentences which lends itself the ability to seem more like poetry than non-fiction.


Too much rain or too little, prolonged cold or withering heat, led to crop failure and, all too often — at least locally — to famine and starvation. This text was adapted for Archis from: Also, I have purchased Topophilia, but haven’t started it yet.

A great modern epic of migration is the spread of Europeans to the New World.

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The escape is made possible by different kinds of power: According to geographer Tua Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one way References to this book Human Ecology: Humans can approach that escapidm of existence by also living close to nature, curbing the imagination and jettisoning excess cultural baggage. It basically sums up human nature in a new light, and light that hopes the reader will be more thoughtful towards the real and unreal.

I can’t even begin to explain what this book really is about Jul 18, Jerad rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Geographers study the earth as human habitat or home. References to this book Human Ecology: