Contested Natures
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Contested Natures



© 1998 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Demonstrating that all notions of nature are inextricably entangled in different forms of social life, the text elaborates the many ways in which the apparently natural world has been produced from within particular social practices. These are analyzed in terms of different senses, different times and the production of distinct spaces, including the local, the national and the global.

The authors emphasize the importance of cultural understandings of the physical world, highlighting the ways in which these have been routinely misunderstood by academic and policy discourses. They show that popular conceptions of, and attitudes to, nature are often contradictory and that there are no simple ways of prevailing upon people to `save the environment'.

 
PART ONE: RETHINKING NATURE AND SOCIETY
 
Introduction
 
Nature and Society
A Historical Context  
 
A Sociology of Environmental Knowledges
 
Cultural Readings of Nature
 
Environmental Bads
 
Environmentalism and Society
 
Conclusion
 
PART TWO: INVENTING NATURE
 
Introduction
 
Postwar Reconstruction and Rational Nature
 
To Nature as Environment
 
Inventing British Environmentalism
 
Post-Rio Environmentalism
 
Conclusion
 
PART THREE: HUMANS AND NATURE
 
Introduction
 
The Polling Culture and the Environment
 
A Relational Framework
Rhetoric, Identity and Nature  
Globalization, Agency and Trust  
 
PART FOUR: SENSING NATURE
 
Introduction
 
Nature, Space and Vision
 
Nature and the Other Senses
 
Conclusion
 
PART FIVE: NATURE AND TIME
 
Introduction
 
The Social Sciences and Time
 
Different Times in and of Nature
 
Memories of Nature
 
PART SIX: NATURE AS COUNTRYSIDE
 
INTRODUCTION
 
Producing Countryside Spaces
 
Landscapes of Discipline
 
The Countryside and Ambivalence
 
Spatial Practices in the Countryside
 
PART SEVEN: SUSTAINING NATURE
 
Introduction
 
Sustainability as New Public Discourse
 
Sustainability Discourse and Daily Practice
 
Framing Environmental Concerns
 
Conclusion
 
PART EIGHT: GOVERNING NATURE
 
Summarizing
 
Mad Cows
 
Globalizing the Nation
 
Governing Nature

". . .a rich discussion of the ways in which nature and the environment are constituted in specific social practices. . .a subtle, textured account of how natures are constructed, experienced, understood, and acted upon." 

Bruce Braun
University of Minnesota

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