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Environmentalism and social sciences appear to be in a period of disorientation and perhaps transition. In this innovative collection, leading international thinkers explore the notion that one explanation for the current malaise of the “politics of ecology” is that we increasingly find ourselves negotiating “technonatural” space/times. International contributors map the political ecologies of our technonatural present and indicate possible paths for technonatural futures.

The term “technonatures” is in debt to a long line of environmental cultural theory from Raymond Williams onwards, problematizing the idea that a politics of the environment can be usefully grounded in terms of the rhetoric of defending the pure, the authentic, or an idealized past solely in terms of the ecological or the natural. In using the term “technonatures” as an organizing myth and metaphor for thinking about the politics of nature in contemporary times, this collection seeks to explore one increasingly pronounced dimension of the social natures discussion. Technonatures highlights a growing range of voices considering the claim that we are not only inhabiting diverse social natures but that within such natures our knowledge of our worlds is ever more technologically mediated, produced, enacted, and contested.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. 1 Introduction: Inhabiting Technonatural Time/Spaces
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part One: Conceptualizing Technonatural Time/Spaces
  1. Chapter One: Governing Global Environmental Flows: Ecological Modernization in Technonatural Time/Spaces
  2. pp. 33-60
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  1. Chapter Two: Circulations and Metabolisms: (Hybrid) Natures and (Cyborg) Cities
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. Chapter Three: The Cellphone-in-the-Countryside: On Some of the Ironic Spatialities of Technonatures
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. Chapter Four: Living Cities: Toward a Politics of Conviviality
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. Part Two: Experiencing Technonatural Cultures
  1. Chapter Five: Boundaries and Border Wars: DES, Technology, and Environmental Justice
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. Chapter Six: Critical Mass: How Built Bodies Can Help Forge Environmental Futures
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. Chapter Seven: Living Between Nature and Technology: The Suburban Constitution of Environmentalism in Australia
  2. pp. 167-189
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  1. Part Three: Technonatural Present-Futures
  1. Chapter Eight: The Property Boundaries/Boundary Properties in Technonature Studies: "Inventing the Future"
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. Chapter Nine: Fluid Architectures: Ecologies of Hybrid Urbanism
  2. pp. 215-237
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  1. Chapter Ten: A Post-Industrial Green Economy: The New Productive Forces and the Crisis of the Academic Left
  2. pp. 239-257
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 259-263
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-266
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554581764
Related ISBN
9781554581504
MARC Record
OCLC
671571234
Pages
282
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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