Nature: Reconfiguring the social

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David Inglis, John Bone, Rhoda Wilkie
Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Nature - 4 pages
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Many influential stances within the social sciences regard nature in one of two ways: either as none of their concern (which is with the social and cultural aspects of human existence), or as wholly a social and cultural fabrication. But there is also another strand of social scientific thinking that seeks to understand the interplay between social and cultural factors on one side and natural factors on the other.
These volumes contain the main contributions that have been made within each of these streams of thought. The selections illustrate to the reader the complexity of the various positions within these streams, and the strengths and limitations of each perspective. A new introduction places these articles in their historical and intellectual context and the volumes are completed with an extensive index and chronological table of contents.
 

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Contents

PART
9
BiotechnoIogy and genetic diversity
31
a new form of transgenic breedwealth
46
How to assess the consequences of genetic engineering?
59
Social risks resuIting from the manipulation of nature
70
sexist and racist impIications
91
conceptuaIizations of nature
112
its biophobia
129
uncertainty
182
Iearning to think about
204
what bioIogy do socioIogists need
288
why the return of the repressed
301
is capital modifying
331
its nomological principles
350
reintegrating the study
380
Index
405

Sociological misunderstandings concerning nature
156

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About the author (2005)

David Inglis lecturers in the Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen.
John Hughson is Principal Research Fellow in the Division of Media, Sociology and Cultural Studies at University of Wolverhampton.

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