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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.

Animals and Environments: Towards a Caring Environmentalism
Animals and environments: Towards a caring environmentalism

The feminist philosopher, Chris Cuomo, has a rather nice way of capturing a recurring problem for environmentalists. ‘To what does “environmental ethics” refer … when our ecological agency is less like a vector and more like smoke?’ (Cuomo, 2003: 98). Earlier in the same essay, she offered this description of the current problem:

More and more, as members of global postindustrial economies, we are in close ethical proximity with people, communities, nonhuman species and ecosystems that are very distant from us, geographically, affectively and epistemically. Our lives are so enmeshed with the lives of distant people, places, plants and animals that it is ridiculous to even pretend that we have an emotional or ...

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