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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.

The Thought of Nature
The thought of nature

In Chapter 1, I suggested that nature's independence is, at the very least, a fragile state of affairs. But what if we go further and make the argument that, rather than being an independent state, nature is totally dependent on humans – it is constructed all the way down? Its out there-ness is a trick of the mind. In the last chapter we called this second possibility nature dependent. While we will want to unsettle such a spatiality of total dependence (rather as we have started to do for total independence), it is nevertheless useful to explore just why such a view crops up in the first place. The case study of evolutionary thought helps us to explore ...

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