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 `
In the last two chapters we have empirically examined a range of processes hugely significant both for the theorising of nature, and for developing and implementing policies that reflect how people talk about, value and engage with nature in daily life, and thus the basis for how one might save that nature. These processes constitute the lineaments of an approach which both recognises, and goes beyond, the starting point of this book, namely, that there is no single nature, only natures.
In this concluding chapter we interrogate a major recent issue which has forced itself onto the ‘environmental’ agenda, namely, the BSE crisis in the UK, since it demonstrates many of the themes addressed in this book. In particular, it shows that governing ...