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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND THEIR CO-PRODUCTION This handbook is a key critical research resource for researchers and practitioners across the social sciences and their contributions to related disciplines associated with the fast developing interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.

Nature as Threat and Opportunity in the Peri-Urban Fringe
Nature as Threat and Opportunity in the Peri-Urban Fringe
Guy M Robinson

Around 2010, the proportion of the world's population designated as urban surpassed the world's rural population for the first time; by 2050 at least two-thirds of the world's population will be urban. For the majority of these urban residents, especially those living in the Developed World, a common feature of their lives is that they are essentially divorced from the natural or semi-natural physical environment. Any interactions with nature are very restricted or are mediated through imagery and second-hand accounts. In particular, this ‘divorce’ has separated people from the production of food, with food typically purchased from supermarkets sourcing their goods worldwide. However, growing concerns ...

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