Introduction: The Phenomenon

  • Rebecca Crowther


In this opening chapter, Crowther outlines the historical perception of nature as positively transformative in Scotland. She provides an overview of nature and wellbeing research to date in the UK whilst questioning current popular methodologies for understanding these ephemeral and intangible experiences. This chapter concludes that to understand human experiences in nature, we must adopt qualitative methods that can tackle the experiential and phenomenological. This chapter introduces the research questions and establishes the book’s flow. Crowther situates nature as an experiential term and introduces liminality as an overarching theme. She also asks the questions, do we instrumentalise wellbeing in pro-environmental endeavours, and is this helpful to understanding the positive benefits of nature engagement? This chapter sets up a framework for understanding the nature experience that encompasses sociality, place, and the self.


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  • Rebecca Crowther
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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