Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics / Edition 1

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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.

  • 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.
  • Uses international case studies to illustrate the theoretical positions.
  • A helpful introduction by the editors sets the chapters in context.
  • 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Nature as a concept, it is often said, is elusive, complex,promiscuous and yet familiar. Social Nature is a superbintroduction to nature's complexity from the vantage point of thevery best of critical geography. An excellent introduction to theepistemological thickets which have grown up around, and whichthreaten to strangle, our understanding of Nature as artifice andartifact." Michael Watts

"No other single volume summarizes and critically reviews thegeographical research on social nature." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215677
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Castree is Associate Professor of Geography at theUniversity of Manchester. Co-editor (with Bruce Braun) ofRemaking reality: nature at the millennium (1998), he haspublished widely on social theory approaches to nature, with aparticular focus on Marxian political economy. He is currentlyundertaking research on the commodifiaction of human genes and thecommercial, cultural and ethical aspects of patenting livingentities.

Bruce Braun is Assistant Professor in Geography at theUniversity of Minnesota. He is co-editor (with Noel Castree) ofRemaking reality: nature at the millennium (1998) and haspublished widely on the social construction and cultural politicsof nature. He is currently doing research on nature, the state andmodernity in post-war Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
1 Socializing Nature: Theory, Practice, and Politics 1
2 Being Constructive about Nature 22
3 Nature, Poststructuralism, and Politics 41
4 The Nature of 'Race' 64
5 (Post)Colonialism and the Production of Nature 84
6 Gendered Natures: Feminism, Politics, and Social Nature 112
7 Social Nature and Environmental Policy in the South: Views from Verandah and Veld 133
8 Political Ecology: A Critical Agenda for Change? 151
9 Natural Disasters? 170
10 Marxism, Capitalism, and the Production of Nature 189
11 Dissolving Dualisms: Actor-networks and the Reimagination of Nature 208
12 Solid Rock and Shifting Sands: The Moral Paradox of Saving a Socially Constructed Nature 225
Index 241
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