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 `

Sensing Nature

Sensing nature

So far we have talked in rather general terms about nature and the environment and of how humans do or do not relate to that nature. But what we have not yet considered are the processes by which we come to know what any such nature is like. In particular we have not considered how nature becomes embodied and embedded in daily life. In the next three chapters we attempt to embed/embody people's responses to nature through an analysis of the role of senses (in this chapter), the analysis of time (in Chapter 5), and through an analysis of space and the role of practice (in Chapter 6). We argue that such a framework can help unravel how people make sense of ...

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