RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 236117314 LA English T1 A reenchanted world : the quest for a new kinship with nature A1 Gibson, James William., PB Metropolitan Books PP New York YR 2009 SN 9780805078350 0805078355 9780805091489 0805091483 AB For more than two centuries, as Western cultures became industrialized, they increasingly regarded the natural world as little more than a collection of useful raw resources. The folklore of forest spirits was displaced by the practicalities of logging; the traditional rituals of hunting ceremonies gave way to indiscriminate butchering of animals for meat markets. In the famous lament of Max Weber, our surroundings became "disenchanted," with nature's magic swept away by secularization and rationalization. But as sociologist James William Gibson reveals in this study, the culture of enchantment is making a comeback. From Greenpeace eco-warriors to evangelical Christians preaching "creation care" to geneticists who speak of human-animal kinship, Gibson finds a remarkably broad yearning for a spiritual reconnection to nature. As we grapple with increasingly dire environmental disasters, Gibson points to this cultural shift as the last utopian dream, the final hope for protecting the world that all of us must live in.--From publisher description.