In the face of political-economic, technological and environmental changes of unrivalled scope, the matter of “nature” is high on the agenda as the newmillenium approaches. From wilderness to the composition of the human body,nature is increasingly “artifactual”, a social product fashioned by economic,cultural and scientific practices.Rejecting apocalyptic pronouncements that the end of the milleniumrepresents the “end” of nature as well,
brings together contributors from across the human sciences who argue that a notion of “socialnature” provides great hope for the future. Applying a variety of theoreticalapproaches to social nature, and engaging with debates in politics, science,technology and social movements surrounding race, gender and class, thecontributors explore important and emerging sites where nature is now beingremade with considerable social and ecological consequences. The essays areorganized around two themes: “capitalising and envisioning nature” and “actors,networks and the politics of hybridity”. An afterword reflects on the problemsand possibilities of future natures.For critics and activists alike,
provides essential theoretical andpolitical tools to rethink environmentalism and progressive social natures for thetwenty-first century.
is a visiting scholar in the geography department at theUniversity of California, Berkeley and
is a lecturer in geography atthe University of Liverpool.