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Nature

Nature

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NATURE
Some of the most exciting,alarming and dramatic developments of our time involve nature (human and non-human).These range from xeno-transplantation to climate change to the Human Genome Project.Geographers have long counted nature among their principal objects of analysis.Indeed,it’s fair to say that the nature of geography as a subject isintimately linked to the nature that geographers study.This book offers an incisive introduction to the nature that geographersstudy and,as a corollary,the nature of geography as a discipline.It is writtenfor researchers,degree students and their teachers.It is the first bookto bring the diverse aspects of the nature that geographers examine – andthe myriad ways they study it – within a common frame of analysis.Thebook treats geography as an active producer of societal understandings of nature.Since their veracity can never be established in any absolute way,
Nature
treats these knowledges as ideas about nature that must battle it outto win the minds and hearts of students,funding bodies,governments andall those other organisations and constituencies who are interested in theknowledge that geographers produce.These ideas,in one sense,createthe ‘realities’they purport to describe and explain.The knowledges of naturethat geographers produce must,therefore,be seen as part of a high-stakescontest over how we understand and act towards those myriad thingswe label ‘natural’.This contest has implications for us all,as well as for thenon-human world.
Nature
is an advanced introduction to its topic.For students,it aimsto inform and to challenge by showing that nature is not what it seems tobe.For geography teachers and researchers,
Nature
brings together ideas andarguments hitherto compartmentalised into geography’s three main parts(human,physical and environmental geography).In so doing it offers freshinsights into one of the discipline’s most familiar,yet elusive,objects of analysis,policy formation and moral concern.
Noel Castree
is a Professor in the School of Environment and Developmentat Manchester University.He is the co-editor of 
Remaking Reality
(1998) and
Social Nature
(2001).
 
Key Ideas in Geography
S
ERIES EDITORS
: S
ARAH
H
OLLOWAY
, L
OUGHBOROUGH
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NIVERSITY AND
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V
ALENTINE
, L
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NIVERSITY
The Key Ideas in Geography series will provide strong, original, and accessibletexts on important spatial concepts for academics and students workingin the fields of geography, sociology and anthroplogy, as well as the inter-disciplinary fields of urban and rural studies, development and culturalstudies. Each text will locate a key idea within its traditions of thought, providegrounds for understanding its various usages and meanings, and offer criticaldiscussion of the contribution of relevant authors and thinkers.
Published
Nature
NOEL CASTREE
Forthcoming
Home
ALISON BLUNT ANDROBYN DOWLING
Scale
ANDREW HEROD
City
PHIL HUBBARD
Landscape
JOHN WYLIE
Environment
GEORGINA ENDFIELD

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