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New Natures broadens the dialogue between the disciplines of science and technology studies (STS) and environmental history in hopes of deepening and even transforming understandings of human-nature interactions. The volume presents richly developed historical studies that explicitly engage with key STS theories, offering models for how these theories can help crystallize central lessons from empirical histories, facilitate comparative analysis, and provide a language for complicated historical phenomena. Overall, the collection exemplifies the fruitfulness of cross-disciplinary thinking. The chapters follow three central themes: ways of knowing, or how knowledge is produced and how this mediates our understanding of the environment; constructions of environmental expertise, showing how expertise is evaluated according to categories, categorization, hierarchies, and the power afforded to expertise; and lastly, an analysis of networks, mobilities, and boundaries, demonstrating how knowledge is both diffused and constrained and what this means for humans and the environment. Contributors explore these themes by discussing a wide array of topics, including farming, forestry, indigenous land management, ecological science, pollution, trade, energy, and outer space, among others. The epilogue, by the eminent environmental historian Sverker Sörlin, views the deep entanglements of humans and nature in contemporary urbanity and argues we should preserve this relationship in the future. Additionally, the volume looks to extend the valuable conversation between STS and environmental history to wider communities that include policy makers and other stakeholders, as many of the issues raised can inform future courses of action.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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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. 1. Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies: Promises, Challenges, and Contributions
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part 1. Ways of Knowing
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 2. The Natural History of Early Northeastern America: An Inexact Science
  2. pp. 21-36
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  1. 3. Farming and Not Knowing: Agnotology Meets Environmental History
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. 4. Environmentalists on Both Sides: Enactments in the California Rigs-to-Reefs Debate
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. 5. The Backbone of Everyday Environmentalism: Cultural Scripting and Technological Systems
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. Part II. Constructions of Environmental Expertise
  2. pp. 85-86
  1. 6. The Soil Doctor: Hugh Hammond Bennett, Soil Conservation, and the Search for a Democratic Science
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. 7. Communicating Knowledge: The Swedish Mercury Group and Vernacular Science, 1965--1972
  2. pp. 103-117
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  1. 8. Signals in the Forest: Cultural Boundaries of Sciencein Białowieża, Poland
  2. pp. 118-132
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  1. Part III. Networks, Mobilities, and Boundaries
  2. pp. 133-134
  1. 9. The Production and Circulation of Standardized Karakul Sheep and Frontier Settlement in the Empires of Hitler, Mussolini, and Salazar
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. 10. Trading Spaces: Transferring Energy and Organizing Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Grain Trade
  2. pp. 151-163
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  1. 11. Situated yet Mobile: Examining the Environmental History of Arctic Ecological Science
  2. pp. 164-178
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  1. 12. White Mountain Apache Boundary-Work as an Instrument of Ecopolitical Liberation and Landscape Change
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. 13. NEOecology: The Solar System’s Emerging Environmental History and Politics
  2. pp. 195-211
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  1. Epilogue: Preservation in the Age of Entanglement: STS and the History of Future Urban Nature
  2. pp. 212-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-276
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-292
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822978725
Related ISBN
9780822962427
MARC Record
OCLC
864278886
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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