Social Creation of Nature

ISBN-10: 0801845483
ISBN-13: 9780801845482
Edition: 1992
Authors: Neil Evernden
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

"I think The Social Creation of Nature stands Evernden in relation to the present generation roughly as Thoreau stood in relation to New England Transcendentalism."--Max Oelschlaeger, author of The Idea of Wilderness. "A thoughtful and illuminating book... For Evernden, `wildness' is what should be defended and preserved."-- New Scientist. One reason for our failure to "save the earth," argues Neil Evernden, is our disagreement about what "nature" really is--how it works, what constitutes a risk to it, and even whether we ourselves are part of it. Nature is as much a social entity as a physical one. In addition to the physical resources to be harnessed and transformed, it consists of a domain of norms that may be called upon in defense of certain social ideals. In exploring the consequences of conventional understandings of nature, The Social Creation of Nature also seeks a way around the limitations of a socially created nature in order to defend what is actually imperiled--"wildness," in which, Thoreau wrote, lies hope for "the preservation of the world."

Preface and Acknowledgments
The Ambiguity of Nature
The Social Use of Nature
Nature and Norm
The Creation of Nature
The Purification of Nature
From nature to Nature
The Literal Landscape
The Fragile Division
The Liberation of Nature
Nature and the Ultrahuman
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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