312 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
Exploring the shifting ways in which geographers have studied nature, this book emphasizes the relationships and differences between human geography, physical geography and resource and hazards geography.
The first to consider the topic of nature in modern geography as a whole, this distinctive text looks at all its major meanings, from the human body and psyche through to the non-human world, and develops the argument that student readers should abandon the idea of knowing what nature is in favour of a close scrutiny of what agendas lie behind competing conceptions of it. It deals with, amongst others, the following areas:
As everything from global warming to GM foods becomes headline news, the use and abuse of nature is on the agenda as never before. Synthesizing a wealth of diverse and complex information, this text makes the significant theories, debates and information on nature accessible to students of geography, environmental studies, sociology, and cultural studies.
'Whether scholar or student, this book is an important read for those interested in nature and breadth of our disipline extending across human and physical geography'. - Annals of the Association of American Geographers
"His book will help students and colleagues to place themselves within the scope of geographical research about nature" Joe Smith, Cultural Geographies
1. The Idea of Nature 2. The Nature of Geography 3. De-Naturalisation: Bringing Geography Back In 4. Two Natures: The Dis/unity of Geography 5. After Nature 6. Conclusion: Geography's Natures
The Key Ideas in Geography series will provide strong, original, and accessible texts on important spatial concepts for academics and students working in the fields of geography, sociology and anthropology, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of urban and rural studies, development and cultural studies. Each text will locate a key idea within its traditions of thought, provide grounds for understanding its various usages and meanings, and offer critical discussion of the contribution of relevant authors and thinkers.