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Travel Essays & Travelogues

In the Name of Wild

One Family, Five Years, Ten Countries, and a New Vision of Wildness

by (author) Phillip Vannini & April Vannini

with Autumn Vannini

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Essays & Travelogues, Ecotourism, Cultural, Family, Wilderness
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Five continents. Ten countries. Twenty Natural World Heritage sites in five years. In the Name of Wild is the story of what happened when one family set out to learn what wildness means to people around the world. What draws us to seek out wild places? Do they mean the same to everyone? Part travelogue, part ethnography, this book takes us on a journey into the lives of the people who call places such as Tasmania, Patagonia, and Iceland home. They reveal that wildness isn’t about the absence of people. It’s about connections, kinship, and coexistence with the land.

About the authors

Phillip Vannini is professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University.

Phillip Vannini's profile page

April Vannini teaches in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University.

April Vannini's profile page

Autumn Vannini's profile page

Editorial Reviews

The Vanninis' findings are surprising and thought-provoking ... This entertaining and educational book takes along not only the family but readers too ... You can enjoy the journey, ponder and philosophize, and then decide what your answer might be.

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