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Mediating Nature

1st Edition

By Nils Lindahl Elliot


288 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Mediating Nature provides a history of the present nature of mass mediation. It examines the ways in which a number of discourses, technologies and institutions have historically shaped the current ways of imagining nature in the mass media. Where much of the existing research treats mass mediation as a matter of media technologies, texts, or institutions, this text adopts a somewhat different approach: it considers mass mediation as a historical process by means of which the members of audiences and indeed the public more generally came to be incorporated as observers in, and of mass culture. This approach allows the book to investigate the roles that a wide range of genres relating to nature played in constructing senses of nature but also of mass culture itself. The genres include landscape paintings and gardens, modern zoos, photography, early cinema, nature essays, disaster and ‘animal attack’ films, as well as wildlife documentaries on television. The investigation develops what Lindahl Elliot describes as a ‘social semeiotic’ approach that combines the semeiotic theory of Charles Peirce with a historical sociology of cultural formations.

Topical and timely, this fascinating book will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of media, sociology, cultural geography and environmental studies.

Table of Contents

Nature. Mass Mediation. Modern Environmentalism. A History of the Present. A ‘Propedeutic’ Approach Part 1: 1. The Nature of Nature 2. The Nature of Observation Part 2: 3. The Nature of Mathesis 4. The Nature of Commodification 5. The Nature of Industrialization 6. The Nature of Sublimation 7. The Nature of Incorporation 8. The Nature of Environmentalism. Epilogue: Climactic Change

About the Author

Nils Lindahl Elliot is a researcher in cultural and environmental studies. His research specialism is in the social semeiotics of nature.

About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies