Nature is dead! Long live nature!



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Castree, N. (2004). Nature is dead! Long live nature!. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 36 (2), 191-194.


Nature, it seems, no longer stirs the research passions of those on the Left of human geography. For a decade it was very much `on the agenda': in both a biophysical and a discursive sense Left-leaning geographers spent a good deal of the 1990s preoccupied with `the matter of nature' (Fitzsimmons, 1989). But today that earlier enthusiasm seems to have morphed into a fascination for the 'postnatural': metaphorically speaking, hybrids, chimeras, rhizomes, and actor-networks are now all the rage. This new concern has fundamentally altered explanatory and normative vocabularies. It is rapidly leading those on the geographical Left away from a dualistic imaginaryöone that approached nature using notions like 'interaction', 'dialectic', and 'construction'- towards a relational worldview wherein the nature - society dichotomy is redundant.

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