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Evolution of the stewardship idea in American country life

By G. Wunderlich

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This paper describes development of the idea of stewardship in the US country life. Theological and secular concepts of stewardship evolved markedly in the 20th century. During this period of evolution, the American Country Life Association through its church, academic, farm organization, and governmental affiliations, served as a bridging and bonding agent in developing the stewardship idea. The stewardship concept was subjected to a broad array of influences and characterized by notable highlights such as the Lynn Smith critique of the Judaeo-Christian ethic, the man-in-nature statement of Douglas John Hall, and the environmental concerns of ecologists and philosophers of the post-Rachel Carson era. Some gains have been made in understanding the place of humans in nature, but the stewardship idea continues as work in process.

Date 2004
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 77-93
ISBN/ISSN 1187-7863
DOI 10.1023/B:JAGE.0000010846.63168.5e
Language English
Author Address 4704 Randolph Court, Annandale, VA 22003, USA. gwunderl@erols.com
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  1. Belief
  2. Biological resources
  3. Conservation
  4. Developed countries
  5. Environment
  6. Ethics
  7. natural resources
  8. North America
  9. OECD countries
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Resources
  12. rural areas
  13. rural sociology
  14. Social psychology and social anthropology
  15. sustainability
  16. Theories
  17. United States of America
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