A sociological exploration of the changing significance of nature in daily life, examining the impact of culture on our relationship with the natural world and threats to the environment. Nature is shown as irreducibly contested and embedded in highly diverse and ambivalent social practices.
PART ONE: RETHINKING NATURE AND SOCIETY Introduction Nature and Society A Historical Context A Sociology of Environmental Knowledges Cultural Readings of Nature Environmental Bads Environmentalism and Society Conclusion PART TWO: INVENTING NATURE Introduction Postwar Reconstruction and Rational Nature To Nature as Environment Inventing British Environmentalism Post-Rio Environmentalism Conclusion PART THREE: HUMANS AND NATURE Introduction The Polling Culture and the Environment A Relational Framework Rhetoric, Identity and Nature Globalization, Agency and Trust PART FOUR: SENSING NATURE Introduction Nature, Space and Vision Nature and the Other Senses Conclusion PART FIVE: NATURE AND TIME Introduction The Social Sciences and Time Different Times in and of Nature Memories of Nature PART SIX: NATURE AS COUNTRYSIDE INTRODUCTION Producing Countryside Spaces Landscapes of Discipline The Countryside and Ambivalence Spatial Practices in the Countryside PART SEVEN: SUSTAINING NATURE Introduction Sustainability as New Public Discourse Sustainability Discourse and Daily Practice Framing Environmental Concerns Conclusion PART EIGHT: GOVERNING NATURE Summarizing Mad Cows Globalizing the Nation Governing Nature
...a rich discussion of the ways in which nature and the environment are constituted in specific social practices...a subtle, textured account of how natures are constructed, experienced, understood, and acted upon. -- Bruce Braun 20010416