After nature: Entangled worlds
Jones, O. (2009) After nature: Entangled worlds. In: Castree, N., Demeritt, D., Liverman, D. and Rhoads, B., eds. (2009) A Companion to Environmental Geography. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 294-312. ISBN 9781405156226
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(Opening paragraphs) No-one yet has made the crossing from nature to society, or vice versa, and no-one ever will. There is no such boundary to be crossed. (Ingold, 2005, p. 508) Introduction. Although there is but one world in common, somehow it has long been common to suppose that the world is in fact divided in two: into a world of nature and another, one of culture. For more than four centuries this nature/culture dualism has shaped knowledge, politics, and ethics in the West – with often debilitating consequences. From this long-established perspective, the title of my chapter, ‘After Nature’,might be understood as referring to the pursuit of nature, as if nature were something elusive or endangered that I am seeking or lamenting. This is a very common rhetoric at a time when human impact on the environment all around us seems greater than ever. Bill McKibben (1990) has written movingly about the ‘end of nature’ now that global climate change means there is no place left on earth free from the mark of human influence.
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