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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They do not have cities, yet they know what it is like to yearn for nature. Cormac Flanagan rated it it was amazing Jan 14, Of course, their efforts at escaping, whether purely in imagination or by taking tangible steps, may fail — may end in disaster for themselves, for tuzn people, for nature.

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The familiar story of people altering nature can thus be understood as their effort to distance themselves from it by establishing a mediating, more constant world of their own making. At the other end of the scale is the European yi-vu of North America itself.

Of course, one can find exceptions in the better endowed and politically more sophisticated parts of the world — Western Europe in the eighteenth century, for example.

To find relief, the Lele men periodically leave behind the glare and heat of the savanna, with its interminable chores and obligations, to plunge into the dark, cool, and nurturing rain forest on the other side of the river, which to them is yuan source of all good things, a gift of God.


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A great modern epic of migration is the spread of Europeans to the New World. Jul 06, Andrew rated it really than it Recommends it for: It suggests an inability to face facts — the real world. Culture is more closely linked to the human tendency not to face facts, our ability to escape by one means or another, than we are accustomed to believe. And such a convivial tour guide! Any full account of life and livelihood in the West from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century must give a prominent role to weather — that is, if we are more interested in ordinary people than in potentates and their political high jinks.

Tuan looks at what it means to be human, with all its weirdness, contradictions, and possibility. They are, of course, all works of culture, but not conspicuously or arrogantly so.

The second problem is that the y-fu landscape, whatever the kind, proves unstable. Far from being shock or impact, the real is the familiar, the predictable, the nurturing and all-enveloping.

There, science in the broad sense of the systematic application of useful knowledge enabled agriculture to move from triumph to triumph in excapism next two hundred years, with far-ranging consequences, including one of psychological unease.

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Tuan is chatty, engaging, unpretentious and charming. The extreme artificiality of a built environment is not itself an essential cause or inducement. I left it feeling anxious and pessimistic and yet at the same time oddly comforted.


About simplification, however, one can feel ambivalent. Escapism is a book which explores the role of escape in the evolution of cultures. References to this book Human Ecology: Escapsm a Geography of Modernity Entrikin, J. According to eecapism Yi-Fu Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one way or another, sometimes foolishly, often creatively and ingeniously.

Interesting viewpoint – how humankind’s essential nature is to escape whatever situation we are in: This book tells you a lot about how we humans layer our reality with distractions, as to soften the blow of our corporal existence. Jul 31, Sam rated it it was ok Shelves: The depth to which it explains modern human behavior is impressive. A natural environment can yif-u seem both nourishing and stable to its human habitants.

Elias Coll rated it liked it Feb 11, The escape is made possible by different kinds of power: Is reality so constraining and unbearable at home that it becomes the seedbed for wild longings and images? Sep 25, Chelsia rated it it was amazing. Harvey rated it it was amazing Jun 22, For one reason or another, they are not content with being where they are.

It outlines how we try and escape our animal selves in such ways as using utensils to separate ourselves from the gruesome act of eating.