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Chapter 3: Towards the Co-Production of Nature and Society
Independence and dependence, these first two possibilities might seem to be direct opposites. The first suggesting nature is out there, unsullied by the noise of humans as they meddle with their political machinations and other minor acts. The second suggesting nature is but a constructed place within society, and is thereby a result of the main business of economics, social relations, and so on. That's how things are often presented – a choice between a crude natural realism (nature independent) and a crude social idealism (nature dependent).
Yet another tack that started to be taken at the end of the last chapter was to suggest that these two possibilities, dependence and independence, are ...