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Taylor & Francis, Jul 22, 2005 - Nature - 312 pages
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Exploring the shifting ways in which geographers have studied nature, this book emphasizes the relationships and differences between human geography, physical geography and resource and hazards geography.

The first to consider the topic of nature in modern geography as a whole, this distinctive text looks at all its major meanings, from the human body and psyche through to the non-human world, and develops the argument that student readers should abandon the idea of knowing what nature is in favour of a close scrutiny of what agendas lie behind competing conceptions of it. It deals with, amongst others, the following areas:

  • the idea of nature 
  • the 'nature' of geography 
  • de-naturalization and re-naturalization
  • after-nature.

As everything from global warming to GM foods becomes headline news, the use and abuse of nature is on the agenda as never before. Synthesizing a wealth of diverse and complex information, this text makes the significant theories, debates and information on nature accessible to students of geography, environmental studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

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About the author (2005)

Noel Castree is a Professor of Geography at Manchester University, England. His main research interest is in the political economy of environmental change, and the role that representations of nature and its collateral concepts play in modern life. He's the author of "Making Sense of Nature" (Routledge, 2013) and "Nature" (Routledge 2004), and coeditor of "Social Nature: theory, practice & politics" (2001, Blackwell) and "Remaking Reality: nature at the millennium" (1998 Routledge).

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