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Rethinking nature : challenging disciplinary boundaries

Author: Aurélie Choné
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Series: Routledge environmental humanities.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1 [edition]View all editions and formats
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"Contemporary ideas of nature were largely shaped by schools of thought from Western cultural history and philosophy until the present-day concerns with environmental change and biodiversity conservation. There are many different ways of conceptualising nature in epistemological terms, reflecting the tensions between the polarities of humans as masters or protectors of nature and as part of or outside of nature. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aurélie Choné
ISBN: 9781138214927 1138214922 9781138214934 1138214930
OCLC Number: 978550197
Description: xiii, 268 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Values and Actions. 1. Environmental ethics : respect and responsibility / Catherine Larrère --
2. Ecosophy : 'How deep is your ecology'? / Hicham-Stéphane Afeissa --
3. Ecospirituality / Aurélie Choné --
4. Ecopsychology : the psyche and the environment / Dennis L. Merritt --
pt. II Writings and Representations. 5. The aesthetics of nature / Nathalie Blanc --
6. Ecocriticism / Emmanuelle Peraldo --
7. Epistemocritical perspectives on nature : nature in culture / Laurence Dahan --
pt. III Movements, Activism and Societies. 8. From Lebensreform to political ecology / Catherine Repussard --
9. Ecofeminism / Margot Lauwers --
10. From environmental sociology to ecosociologies / Graham Woodgate --
11. From anthropogeography to ethnoecology : is social evolutionism also natural evolutionism? / Éric Navet --
pt. IV Renewed Ecologies. 12. Rethinking rural nature in the era of ecocide / Owain Jones --
13. Urban ecology / Jean-Pierre Lévy --
14. Nature, environment and health / Lionel Charles --
15. Sustainable urbanism / Philippe Hamman --
16. Industrial ecology : between model and metaphor : visions of nature in industrial ecology / Nicolas Buclet --
17. The ecosystem services paradigm : rise, scope and limits / Roldan Muradian --
pt. V Human-Animal. 18. Ecocide, ethnocide and civilizations : multiple ways of destroying life / Éric Navet --
19. Animal studies / Roland Borgards --
20. Constructing an animal history / Éric Baratay --
21. Outlook : environmental humanities / Sabine Wilke --
22. Conclusion: How nature matters / Aurélie Choné, Isabelle Hajek and Philippe Hamman.
Series Title: Routledge environmental humanities.
Responsibility: edited by Aurélie Choné, Isabelle Hajek and Philippe Hamman.

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"Contemporary ideas of nature were largely shaped by schools of thought from Western cultural history and philosophy until the present-day concerns with environmental change and biodiversity conservation. There are many different ways of conceptualising nature in epistemological terms, reflecting the tensions between the polarities of humans as masters or protectors of nature and as part of or outside of nature. The book shows how nature is today the focus of numerous debates, calling for an approach which goes beyond the merely technical or scientific. It adopts a threefold – critical, historical and cross-disciplinary – approach in order to summarise the current state of knowledge. It includes contributions informed by the humanities (especially history, literature and philosophy) and social sciences, concerned with the production and circulation of knowledge about "nature" across disciplines and across national and cultural spaces. The volume also demonstrates the ongoing reconfiguration of subject disciplines, as seen in the recent emergence of new interdisciplinary approaches and the popularity of the prefix "eco-" (e.g. ecocriticism, ecospirituality, ecosophy and ecofeminism, as well as subdivisions of ecology, including urban ecology, industrial ecology and ecosystem services). Each chapter provides a concise overview of its topic which will serve as a helpful introduction to students and a source of easy reference"--Publisher's website.

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