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 3: Embodying the Wild: Tales of Becoming Elephant
Embodying the Wild: Tales of Becoming Elephant
As accustomed as we have become to the idea of a science that ‘constructs’, ‘fashions’, or ‘produces’ its objects, the fact still remains that, after all the controversies, the sciences seem to have discovered a world that came into being without men [sic] and without sciences. (Bruno Latour, 1996: 23)
The coinage of constructionism to which Bruno Latour refers is a familiar currency in geographical writing appearing in many different guises from Marxist-inspired accounts of the capitalist transition from ‘first’ to ‘second’ nature to cultural and historical readings of the representational practices and politics of landscape. Indeed, the relationship between the social and the natural has been claimed as the hallmark of ...