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.

Conserving Natures

Conserving natures

Hybrids, conformations, relations – all these help us to discuss natures as matters that are not simply natural. We've loosened the ‘nature as independent state’ metaphor. This has been all very well for molecular sciences, for agriculture and for biosecurity – but what about that quintessentially romantic and nature-independent activity ‘nature conservation’? Surely this isn't well served by our complex geographies of nature? This chapter explores this problem, and in doing so adds further detail to the difference of nature issue that was raised in Chapter 5.

The setting for this chapter (and for Chapter 10) is predominantly urban. This might be thought of as the last place one would go to in order to conserve natures. Indeed, one of the more enduring ...

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