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Geographies of Nature introduces readers to conventional understandings of nature, while examining alternative accounts – from different disciplines - where nature resists easy classification. Accessibly written, organized in 10 chapters in two sections, Geographies of Nature demonstrates how recent thinking has urgent relevance and impact on the ways in which we approach environmental problems. The text: makes concepts accessible and applicable to readers’ own experience with the extensive use of case studies uses text boxes to introduce readers to debates and ideas in ways that make them more easily understood grounds the reader and proceeds to the explanation of more complex arguments progressively Geographies of Nature presents a new kind of environmental analysis, one that refuses to view nature as wholly separate to the human and nonhuman practices through which it is made and remade.

What are Geographies of Nature?
What are geographies of nature?
Figure I.1 A small woodland in Greater Manchester, England

Are spaces for nature self-contained, sealed areas from which all trace of people has been banished? In Manchester, the city in England where I grew up, I remember that most woodlands were strongly fenced off, with warning signs nailed onto the trees saying, ‘No trespassing’, ‘Keep out’, and so on (Figure I.1). I ignored the signs, as did most children. The site in Figure I.1 is fenced off from the public, it's a local state-owned ‘private’ woodland. The positive side is that it has remained a woodland for as long as I can remember, the negative side is that most people cannot access it. Manchester City Council still ...

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