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.
Chapter 1: Nature's Reality
How do we think about and ‘do’ nature? And what does this mean for the ways in which we spatialize nature? In this chapter I want to explore and make some preliminary judgements upon three possibilities. We can sketch them quickly:
- Nature as an independent state (but threatened by invasion)
The first possibility is that we understand nature as something that is distinct from, absolutely separate to, the social world (Figure 1.1). Nature is another country, or is a part of ancient history, or buried deep in our make-up. It follows that Nature is real, ‘out there’. ‘Out there’ meaning beyond us, or perhaps outside the ‘in here’ of our minds (so out there can include parts of our human bodies, those parts ...