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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Nature–Culture
Nature–culture
David Nally
Introduction

Nature has been aptly described as one of the most ‘potent and ambiguous words’ in the English language (Haraway, 1991: 1; Foster et al., 2010: 32). Certainly meanings of nature abound. For some people nature describes what is seemingly most sacred about human life; it designates our ‘core’ or ‘essence’, the very stuff that defines our inner lives and marks us out as individuals (see Chapter 9). In the world-view of others, nature is primarily a ‘pristine’ environment, a destination one visits precisely in order to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; here ‘nature’ is understood as the obverse of ‘society’. For the smallholder farmer, nature is bounty and satiation – the means to a full stomach. Through ...

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