The Social Construction of Nature: A Sociology of Ecological Enlightenment
In this unique and agenda-setting examination of the relation between nature and culture, Klaus Eder demonstrates our ideas of nature are culturally determined, and explains how the relation between modern, industrial societies and nature is increasingly violent and destructive.
Through an analysis of symbolism, ritual and taboo, Eder questions the view of nature as an object. Showing how nature is socially constructed, he presents a critique of Marx and Durkheim while offering a radical reinterpretation of the relationship among society, culture and nature.
Eder concludes with an examination of the symbolic order of society and of the role of religion in modern culture. Using a culturalist interpretation,