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 2: Displacing the Wild: Topologies of Wildlife
Displacing the Wild: Topologies of Wildlife
What she had seen from that building at Aldgate was a city that stretched to the ends of the earth … Madelene saw that … any zoo, any game reserve, any safari park … was now contained within the bounds of civilization…. She turned to face the ape. ‘There's no such thing as outside now,’ she said. ‘If there's any freedom to be found it'll have to be on the inside’. (Peter Hoeg, 1996: 74)
The wild occupies a special place in the imagined empires of human civilization as that which lies outside its historical and geographical reach, however defined (White, 1978). A place without us populated by creatures (including, surreptitiously, a variety of ...