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Always Becoming Bioregional / Tom Lynch

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Always Becoming Bioregional / Tom Lynch, in symposium international "Regional Becomings in North America" organisé, sous la responsabilité scientifique de Wendy Harding (Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes (CAS), Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France) et de Nancy Cook (University of Montana, USA), Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 7-8 avril 2016. Session 1: Bioregional Becomings I.

Usingthe American West as the primary example, Tom Lynch offers bioregionalism as analternative to traditional regional formations. By foregrounding thecharacteristics of the natural world as part of personal and place-basedidentity, bioregionalism necessarily links identity with environmental concernshelping to generate an ecologically aware consciousness. Bioregionalismalso helps us to avoid many of the unproductive dichotomies that bedevilplace-oriented thinking. It links city and country, wilderness and heavilyutilized landscapes, within the context of an encompassing bioregion orwatershed. It mitigates us-them polarities of insider-outsider, since humansare primarily understood not as various cultures, nationalities, ethnicities,races, migrants, etc., some of which do and some of which do not belong in aparticular place. Instead, it understands humans primarily as one among manyanimal species seeking to inhabit a territory and is suspicious of politicalborders. Bioregional borders are necessarily contingent, permeable, andshifting. Bioregions are understood as nested and interconnected, subsuminglocal vs. global or "roots" vs. "routes" binaries. Thepaper concludes by arguing that bioregionalism is a process-oriented sense ofplace, acknowledging systems and connections both within and beyond the local.Bioregional identity is a practice: it is something one does, not something oneis. One is always becoming a bioregional inhabitant.

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Claire SARAZIN (Réalisation), Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Production), SCPAM / Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Publication)
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UT2J. (2016, 7 avril). Always Becoming Bioregional / Tom Lynch. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. https://www.canal-u.tv/87889. (Consultée le 26 mai 2022)
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