Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture

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Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile, N. J. Thrift, Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift
Reaktion Books, 2004 - Education - 312 pages
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Patterned Ground unravels the entangled relationships between nature and culture. Around 100 entries by leading names in new geography and related disciplines focus on various ‘objects’ in the landscape – from beaches to battlefields, bees to horses, police stations to post-offices, trees to tractors. Each piece, written by an expert in the field, explores the way in which we understand that object and its relationship to the world around it. This book is neither encyclopedia nor dictionary, but a knowledgeable and impassioned engagement with the world. In this sense, it chimes with earlier experiments in understanding the earth and its landscapes, whether these endeavors have been conducted within the sciences, the social sciences or the arts.

Patterned Ground backtracks from familiar and obvious ways of seeing patterns in the world, and discovers it anew. In this way, it opens up new possibilities for thinking about the relationships between ourselves, objects and the ground on which we walk.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
13
Guide for Readers
43
Tlow
47
Introduction
48
Pipes
50
Cities
52
Ecosystems
55
Tors
167
Caves
170
Zoos
172
Police Stations
174
Boundaries
175
Natural Resources
177
Central Places
179
States
181

Rivers
57
Ridges
60
Cliffs
62
Scree
64
Drifts
66
Virtual Space
68
Post Offices
70
Drumlins
72
Glaciers
75
Climate
76
Lakes
78
Rivers
80
Meanders
82
Railways
84
Freeways
86
Fields
88
Trade
91
Colonies
93
Continents
94
Battlefields
96
Dust
98
Pollution
100
Climate
103
Lakes
105
Fire
107
God no Water
111
Oceans
113
Ice Sheets
115
Sun
117
Water
119
Pollutants
122
Trade
124
Airports
126
Introduction
130
Mountains
132
Fields
134
Fieldwork
136
Hospitals
137
Wilderness
139
Parks
142
Farms
144
Bogs
146
Humans
148
Islands
149
Beaches
151
Deserts
153
Floods
156
Dams
157
Churches
160
Villages
161
Home
164
Shelter
166
Refuges
184
Enterprise Zones
185
Town Halls
187
Slums
190
Garden Cities
192
Towns
194
Ghost Towns
196
Cities
199
Suburbs
200
Farms
203
Floodplains
205
Hills
208
Introduction
212
Bees
214
Pubs
216
Pigs
218
Humans
220
Moon
222
Nonhumans
224
Viruses
228
Lichens
230
Trees
232
Jungle
234
Slums
235
Buildings
238
Archives
240
Streets
242
Subways
244
Cities
246
Organics
248
Food
250
Livestock
252
Horses
253
Wildlife
255
Animals
258
Shadows
260
Mammals
262
Fish
264
Waves
266
Radio
269
Island Nations
270
Regions
272
Territory
274
Mountains
276
Moraines
278
Ice
279
References
282
Contributors
294
Photo Acknowledgements
302
Index
303
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About the author (2004)

Stephan Harrison is Senior Research Associate at the School of Geography, Oxford University.

Steve Pile is Reader at The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Nigel Thrift is Head of the Life & Environmental Sciences Division, Oxford University.

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