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 `

Nature and Time

Nature and time

In the last chapter we focused on how nature, viewed as essentially spatial, is subject to a variety of human senses. In this we attempted to correct the largely unembodied view of nature and the environment which is present in much of the existing literature. But it is also our argument in this book that nature and the environment are not only spatial but also temporal; and indeed that twentieth-century science has anyway shown that such a distinction is itself inappropriate. In now introducing ‘time’ into our investigation of contested natures, we shall endeavour to retain the analysis of the sensing of space.

We examine below how the temporality of different natures connects to this analysis of the senses provided above. ...

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