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Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics

Edited by Noel Castree and Bruce Braun 
Blackwell Publishing  2001  



Hardback  272pp, 9 figs, 5 maps, 7 halftones  ISBN 9780631215677      £80.00


Paperback  72pp, 9 figs, 5 maps, 7 halftones  ISBN 9780631215684      £25.00
  • 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.

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.

Contents

Contributors.
Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements.
Preface.

  • 1. Socializing Nature: Theory, Practice, and Politics: Noel Castree (University of Manchester).
  • 2. Being Constructive About Nature?: David Demeritt (Kings College, London).
  • 3. Nature, Poststructuralism, and Politics: Bruce Braun (University of Minnesota) and Joel Wainwright (University of Minnesota).
  • 4. The Nature of 'Race': Kay Anderson (Durham University).
  • 5. Postcolonialism and the Production of Nature: Derek Gregory (University of British Columbia).
  • 6. Gendered Natures: Feminism, Politics, and Social Nature: Jane Moeckli (University of Iowa) and Bruce Braun (University of Minnesota).
  • 7. Social Nature and Environmental Policy in the South: Views from Verandah and Veld: Piers Blaikie (University of East Anglia).
  • 8. Political Ecology: A Critical Agenda for Change?: Ray Bryant (King's College, London).
  • 9. Natural Disasters?: Mark Pelling (University of Liverpool).
  • 10. Marxism, Capitalism, and the Production of Nature: Noel Castree (University of Manchester).
  • 11. Dissolving Dualisms: Actor-networks and the Reimagination of Nature: Noel Castree (University of Manchester) and Tom MacMillan (University of Manchester).
  • 12. Solid Rock and Shifting Sands: The Moral Paradox of saving a Socially Constructed Nature: James Proctor (University of California, Santa Barbara).
Index.

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