Author(s): Michale E. Soule, Gary Lease (Editor), Alan Gussow (Illustrator), Michael E. Soule
Publisher: Island Press
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How much of science is culturally constructed? How much depends on language and metaphor? How do our ideas about nature connect with reality? Can nature be “reinvented” through theme parks and malls, or through restoration? Reinventing Nature? is an interdisciplinary investigation of how perceptions and conceptions of nature affect both the individual experience and society’s management of nature. Leading thinkers from a variety of fields – philosophy sociology, zoology, history, ethnobiology and others – address the conflict between the perception and reality of nature, each from a different perspective. The editors of the volume provide an insightful introductory chapter that places the book in the context of contemporary debates and a concluding chapter that brings together themes and draws conclusions from the dialogue.
Booknews, Inc. , June 1, 1995 A multidisciplinary response to some postmodern deconstruction which questions the concepts of nature and wilderness<-;- >sometimes, the authors contend, in order to justify further exploitative tinkering with what little remains of it. Topics include how concepts of nature differ in various academic disciplines and the implications of some claims that modern ideas of wilderness conservation are Western, often elitist, neo- colonial concepts. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.