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Sark in the Dark

WELLBEING AND COMMUNITY ON THE DARK SKY ISLAND OF SARK

by Ada Blair

Foreword by Marek Kukula

Series: Sophia Centre Master Monograph

ISBN 13: 978-1907767425

Paperback: 210 pages

Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm

Description

Studies of the beneficial and transformative qualities of encounters with nature typically focus on ‘green’ or grounded nature. In Sark in the Dark, Ada Blair shifts this focus upwards to a refreshing encounter with the richness of the dark night sky. In this book, she documents the research she conducted while at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David into the culture and history of the world’s first designated Dark Sky Island. Through a series of interviews with Sark residents, as well as poignant self-reflections, Blair explores the importance of the dark sky on human wellbeing and community.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOREWORD
Marek Kukula

PREFACE
Dr. Nicholas Campion

CHAPTER 1

  • Sark the Island and its Dark Sky
  • The Nature of Islandness
  • The Journey to Becoming a Dark Sky Community
  • The Birth of the Sark Astronomy Society (SAstroS)
  • Shining the Light: Focusing the Research

CHAPTER 2

  • Scanning the Skies: Identifying Themes
  • The Human Desire to See the Night Sky
  • Commercialisation: Astronomical Tourism
  • Heritage and Nostalgia Tourism
  • Fear of the Dark
  • The ‘Nature’ of Nature
  • Nature and Wellbeing

CHAPTER 3

  • Sharpening the Focus: Setting up My Research
  • Research Strategy
  • Gathering the Data

CHAPTER 4

  • Bifocal Vision: My Results and Discussion
  • Meaning and Significance
  • The Human Desire to Connect with the Sky
  • Community: Observing the Sky with Others as a Means of Building and Maintaining Family/Community Connection
  • Feelings Through Observing the Night Sky
  • Nostalgia: Childhood Memories of the Night Sky
  • Fear and Fearlessness of the Dark
  • The Dark Sky Movement and Astronomical Tourism
  • Skyscape and Landscape
  • Conclusions

CHAPTER 5

  • Images Emerge: Present and Future Perspectives
  • Reflections
  • Possible Areas for Future Research
  • Final Thoughts

Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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