Nature

Nature

by Noel Castree
     
 

As everything from global warming to GM foods becomes headline news, the use and abuse of nature is on the agenda as never before. Is geography just one of several disciplines whose task is to reveal the "truths" of nature so that governments, businesses and the public can know what threats and opportunities it presents for human well-being?

Nature

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As everything from global warming to GM foods becomes headline news, the use and abuse of nature is on the agenda as never before. Is geography just one of several disciplines whose task is to reveal the "truths" of nature so that governments, businesses and the public can know what threats and opportunities it presents for human well-being?

Nature describes and explains the shifting ways geographers have studied nature, emphasizing the linkages and differences between human geography, physical geography and the middle ground of resource and hazards geography. It argues that it is no easy matter to determine which of these ideas is "correct." Instead, these ideas are seen to be part of a high-stakes game in which all sorts of actorsacademics, citizens, politicians and the media, for exampledetermine how we act (or don't act) towards the many different aspects of nature. Indeed, these various actions and inactions we take have profound material and moral consequences as the ongoingcontroversies about human cloning and global warming indicate.

This distinctive text is the first to consider the topic of nature in modern geography as a whole. Secondly, it considers nature in all the major meanings of the term, from the human body and psyche through to the non-human world. Finally, it develops an original argument, namely that student readers should abandon the idea to know what nature is in favor of a close scrutiny of what agendas lie behind competing conceptions of nature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780203448410
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Key Ideas in Geography Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
2 MB

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