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 3: Towards the Co-Production of Nature and Society
Towards the Co-Production of Nature and Society
Independence and dependence, these first two possibilities might seem to be direct opposites. The first suggesting nature is out there, unsullied by the noise of humans as they meddle with their political machinations and other minor acts. The second suggesting nature is but a constructed place within society, and is thereby a result of the main business of economics, social relations, and so on. That's how things are often presented – a choice between a crude natural realism (nature independent) and a crude social idealism (nature dependent).
Yet another tack that started to be taken at the end of the last chapter was to suggest that these two possibilities, dependence and independence, are ...