Hybrid Geographies critically examines the "opposition" between nature and culture, the material and the social, as represented in scientific, environmental and popular discourses. Demonstrating that the world is not an exclusively human achievement, Hybrid Geographies reconsiders the relation between human and non-human, the social and the material, showing how they are intimately and variously linked.
Chapter 1: Introducing Hybrid Geographies
Introducing Hybrid Geographies
What happens if we begin from the premise not that we know reality because we are separate from it (traditional objectivity), but that we can know the world because we are connected with it?’ (Katherine N. Hayles, 1995: 48)
Dis-Placing Nature – the Refrain of the ‘Outside’
Barely a day passes without another story of the hyperbolic inventiveness of the life sciences to complicate the distinctions between human and non-human; social and material; subjects and objects to which we are accustomed. Variously labelled as ‘life politics’ (Giddens, 1991) or ‘bio-sociality’ (Rabinow, 1992a), such worldly apprehensions have struggled to make their mark against academic divisions of labour and the viscous terms in which the ‘question of nature’ has been posed in the social ...