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In anarchist thinking, rewilding is the process of returning to a more wild or natural state, and of undoing self-domestication § Modern humans.[1][2] The term emerged from green anarchism and anarcho-primitivism.[3] The central argument is that the majority of humans have been "civilized" or "domesticated" by agrarianism and sedentary social stratification. Such a process is compared to how dogs have been domesticated from what was a common ancestor with wolves, resulting in a loss in health and vibrancy. Supporters of rewilding argue that through the process of domestication, human wildness has been altered by force.[4]

Rewilding encourages the conscious undoing of human domestication and returning to the lifeways of hunter-gatherer cultures. Though often associated with primitive skills and learning knowledge of wild plants and animals, it emphasizes regenerative land management techniques employed by hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists, as well as development of the senses and fostering deepening personal relationships with members of other species and the natural world.[5][6] Rewilding can also be considered a spectrum, with everyday lifestyle changes such as adopting a non-industrial diet and spending more time outside on the less extreme end.[7] Ultimately, rewilding intends to create permanently wild human cultures beyond domestication.[3]

Rewilding is considered a holistic approach to living, as opposed to specific or separate skills, practices or knowledges.[5]

Rewilding is most associated with green anarchy and anarcho-primitivism or anti-civilization and post-civilization anarchism in general.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Scout, Urban (2008) Rewild or Die. Urban Scout LLC, Oregon. pg. 1. ISBN 978-0-578-03248-1
  2. ^ Olsen, Miles (2012) Unlearn, Rewild. New Society Publishing, British Columbia, CAN. pg. 10. ISBN 978-0-86571-721-3
  3. ^ a b "Rewilding" from Green Anarchist Infoshop
  4. ^ GA Collective & Coalition Against Civilization, "The Origins of Civilization Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine"
  5. ^ a b Scout, Urban (2008) Rewild or Die. Urban Scout LLC, Oregon. ISBN 978-0-578-03248-1
  6. ^ Medrano, Finisia (2011) Growing Up in Occupied America. Lulu Press, Oregon. ISBN 978-1-257-17786-8
  7. ^ Kraft, Jessica Carew (February 14, 2024). "How to rewild yourself | Psyche Guides". Psyche. Archived from the original on 2024-02-20. Retrieved 2024-02-20.
  8. ^ The GA & Wildroots Collectives, "A Primer for a Balanced Existence Amid the Ruins of Civilization Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine"