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Cyborg Ecologies

  • By: Stephanie Rutherford
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The term cyborg ecologies, along with the allied notions of hybrids and nature-cultures, describes the view that the world is made up of both human and nonhuman networks. More specifically, it suggests that we must pay both empirical and theoretical attention to the connections among the biophysical, social, discursive, and technical elements of any given event, object, subject, idea, or thing.

This idea emerged in response to two different theoretical stances. First, cyborg ecologies sought to challenge the long-standing separation of nature from culture, or the notion that nature is a biophysical reality, while culture is a human construction. The concept is intended to disassemble the presumed unities of nature, culture, and technology, asserting that the world has always been made up of assemblages of animals, ...

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