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Spirituality and the State: Managing Nature and Experience in America's National Parks

Kerry Mitchell


This book investigates the place of spirituality within the American experiment with public management of land, particularly with respect to national parks. It focuses on national parks because they have received the most attention and development on the part of the state and the visiting public. National parks serve as symbolic representations of the nation, including both its natural and cultural heritage. They are tremendously popular destinations, attracting over 350 million visits yearly. They hold political significance out of proportion to their size, visitation, and economic impact. Th ... More

Keywords: spirituality, national parks, secularity, religion, public management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479886418
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479886418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerry Mitchell, author
Long Island University