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Reconstructing Nature: Alienation, Emancipation and the Division of Labour

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One of the main features of the contemporary environmental crisis is that no one has a clear idea of what is going on. The author uses an extension of Marx's theory of alienation to explain why people find it so difficult to relate their different knowledges of the natural and social world.
He argues that nevertheless it is possible to relate these to the abstractions of ecological discourse. Emancipation can come only through embracing science and rationality rather than ...

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Overview

One of the main features of the contemporary environmental crisis is that no one has a clear idea of what is going on. The author uses an extension of Marx's theory of alienation to explain why people find it so difficult to relate their different knowledges of the natural and social world.
He argues that nevertheless it is possible to relate these to the abstractions of ecological discourse. Emancipation can come only through embracing science and rationality rather than rejecting them and, in the process, humanity as well as the non-human world will benefit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415089227
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/13/1996
  • Series: International Library of Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Society, Nature and the Balkanisation of Abstract Knowledge 18
2 Understanding Alienation: From the Abstract to the Concrete 52
3 Realism, Social Constructionism and the Problem of 'Nature' 71
4 Who Would Know? Science, Lay Knowledge and Alienation 85
5 Industrialising Nature's Powers 102
6 Civil Society: The Recovery of Wholeness? 131
7 Knowledge, State Authority and the Division of Labour 163
8 Green Utopias and the Division of Labour 181
Epilogue: Humanising Nature, Naturalising Humans 203
Bibliography 206
Index 218
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