Nature - Part I



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Castree, N. (2011). Nature - Part I. In J. A. Agnew & J. S. Duncan (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography (pp. 179-196). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781444395839.ch11/summary


In this chapter I want to demonstrate that “nature” is not what it seems to be – at least for the many human geographers who have been writing on the matter since the late 1980s. I put the term in scare-quotes because these geographers – an increasingly prominent and influential group within the discipline – have in different ways sought to question nature’s apparent naturalness. Their writings have endeavored to “de-naturalize” our understandings of those myriad things – birds and bees, genes and glaciers, hippos and hurricanes – to which we routinely attach the label “natural” in one or other sense of this polysemic and polyreferential word. I will explain how and why in the pages that follow.

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