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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.

Hybrid Natures
Hybrid natures

For some time now the term ‘the matter of nature’ has held sway over geographical imaginations and practical work. Fitzsimmons’ (1989) timely call to nature has had human geographers running for the hills (and rivers, genomes, animals, and so on). What Fitzsimmons anticipated was that the matter of nature was no easy matter at all. Indeed, and above all, nature does not and cannot easily be located, described or used. It is not self-evident. Matters of nature are not matters of fact, or indisputable realities (Latour, 2004b) that can somehow ground geography, or secure political agreement. Just as the ‘what’ of nature remains something of an open question, it follows too that there is no obvious answer to the ‘where’ of nature. ...

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