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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.

Securing Natures
Securing natures
Introduction

In the previous chapter I suggested that the spaces of disease are as conformational as they are informational. The ‘thing’ about disease is not only the infective particle, it is the relations between various matters that make a disease. I now want to explore this conformational approach with reference to security and nature, or more specifically to the issue of bio-security. The question that animates the chapter is, how can one secure the nonhuman world? The answer, as you may well have guessed from previous chapters, is not to attempt to define pure spaces, or erect impermeable barriers between the pure and the impure. Rather, it is to understand and work with the multiplicities of things, and allow for some ‘give’ in ...

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