Landscapes of Fear by Yi-Fu Tuan

By Yi-Fu Tuan

Landscapes of worry is well known geographer Yi-Fu Tuan's influential exploration of the areas of worry and of the way those landscapes shift in the course of our lives and fluctuate all through heritage. during this groundbreaking work-now with a brand new preface via the author-Yi-Fu Tuan reaches again into our prehistory to find what's common and what's specific in our inheritance of fear.

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They have freedom in the performance of their task but also responsibility. A herd boy who lets his animals stray into a neighbor's garden is almost certain to be severely punished. By contrast, among hunters and gatherers young children have no economic function to perform. 33 Two other sources of strain are also absent. One is competition in team sports: a small band of foragers includes too few children for them to be organized into contending groups along age lines. The second is competition in learning: a boy need not measure himself against34his peers, for he is taught individually by his father or uncle.

They live in the midst of an all-nurturing power, to which they become emotionally attached through symbolic rites such as bathing infants in water mixed with the juice of the forest vine. An idyllic moment in their lives (and seen by them as such) is when they make love in the forest under moonlight, or simply dance alone with gestures that suggest the dancer is courting the forest. The circumambient character of the Pygmies' world is emphasized by the importance they place on beautiful sounds, those of supernatural birds as well as those of their own making, rather than on visions that are tied to specific localities.

In extreme cases, the hostility toward children appears to be a displacement of the parent's angry feelings toward his or her own parents. Thus cruelty is passed on from one generation to the next. More generally, young parents may see the newborn child as posing a threat to the tenuous security and peace of their own lives. The parents fear chaos, and the child seems to be a force for chaos. Related to this idea is the view that the child is like an animal, a bit of wild nature that needs to be tamed, using harsh means when required.

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