This book asks the questions can `Man' be separated from `Nature'? Is it valid to seek to `control' Nature? It argues that the firm modern boundaries between nature and culture have been breached and pulls together new strands of thinking about nature which suggest that humanity and nature have never been separate. The argument is developed through a critical discussion of the Romantic ideal of pure nature, unsullied by humanity and largely confined to fragile margins in need of protection and more recent discourses which identify nature with environment, and cast man in the role of a polluter and destroyer.

A New Anthropology of Nature

A New Anthropology of Nature

A new anthropology of nature

The sociological reformulation of nature, of which Risk, Environment and Modernity (Lash et al. 1996) and Contested Natures (Macnaghten and Urry 1998) form important milestones, is mirrored and matched by debates taking place in anthropology. However, these debates have different starting points. In sociology, as we have ...

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