Social Nature : Theory, Practice and Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-11-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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This groundbreaking collection brings together for the first time diverse geographical work on the social construction of nature. Eleven leading contributors not only discuss social nature, but look at the concrete ways in which it is made and the political implications of its construction. They use International case studies to illustrate their theoretical positions.The original contributions are written at a level that is appropriate for upper level students, and a helpful introduction by the editors, looking at the paradigms and perspectives that have been employed in the study of social nature, sets the chapters in context. The volume as a whole enables teachers and students to explore the ways in which social nature is evident and to engage with the direct implications of this for human lives, ecologies and politics.

Author Biography

Noel Castree is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester. Co-editor (with Bruce Braun) of Remaking reality: nature at the millennium (1998), he has published widely on social theory approaches to nature, with a particular focus on Marxian political economy. He is currently undertaking research on the commodifiaction of human genes and the commercial, cultural and ethical aspects of patenting living entities.

Bruce Braun is Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is co-editor (with Noel Castree) of Remaking reality: nature at the millennium (1998) and has published widely on the social construction and cultural politics of nature. He is currently doing research on nature, the state and modernity in post-war Canada.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Socializing Nature: Theory, Practice, and Politics
Noel Castree
Being Constructive about Nature
David Demeritt
Nature, Poststructuralism, and Politics
Bruce Braun
Joel Wainwright
The Nature of `Race'
Kay Anderson
(Post)Colonialism and the Production of Nature
Derek Gregory
Gendered Natures: Feminism, Politics, and Social Nature
Jane Moeckli
Bruce Braun
Social Nature and Environmental Policy in the South: Views from Verandah and Veld
Piers Blaikie
Political Ecology: A Critical Agenda For Change?
Raymond L. Bryant
Natural Disasters?
Mark Pelling
Marxism, Capitalism, and the Production of Nature
Noel Castree
Dissolving Dualisms: Actor-networks and the Reimagination of Nature
Noel Castree
Tom MacMillan
Solid Rock and Shifting Sands: The Moral Paradox of Saving a Socially Constructed Nature
James D. Proctor
Index 241

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