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Towards a sociology of nature.

Macnaghten, Phil and Urry, John (1995) Towards a sociology of nature. Sociology, 29 (2). pp. 203-220. ISSN 1469-8684

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the relationship between sociology and nature or the environment. We briefly summarise the various ways in which historically `nature' has been conceptualised, including the connections between the `natural' and the `market'. We suggest that there are many `natures' and then proceed to develop an agenda for a sociology of such natures. This comprises four elements: a sociology of environmental knowledges; social variation in the reading of natures; a sociology of the diverse forms of environmental damage; and a more general examination of environmentalism and society. We conclude with an examination of the relations between culture and nature suggesting that changes in this relationship now demonstrates what has always been the case, namely, that nature is elaborately entangled and fundamentally bound up with the social and the cultural. As the social and the cultural are both rapidly changing provides deciphering that relationship immensely fruitful but complex areas for future sociological work.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature • society • global • identity • environment • sociation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
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ID Code: 22375
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2009 16:33
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22375

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