The Nature of the State: Excavating the Political Ecologies of the Modern State

Hardcover | February 11, 2007

byMark Whitehead, Rhys Jones, Martin Jones

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The twin categories of the state and nature collectively embody some of the most fundamental reference points around which our lives and thinking are organized. Despite their combined significance, however, the complex relationships that exist between modern states and nature remainunder-theorized and are relatively unexplored. Through a detailed study of different sites, moments, and framing strategies The Nature of the State challenges the ways in which geographers and social scientists approach the study of state-nature relations. The authors analyse different instancesof state-nature interaction from all over the world, considering the geo-politics of resource conflicts, the operation of natural history museums, the organizational practices of environmental departments and ministries, the regulation of genetic science, and contemporary forms of state interventionwithin issues of climate change. Introducing original research into the different institutional, spatial, and temporal strategies used by states to frame the natural world this book provides a critical overview of the latest political and ecological theories and addresses a wide range of pressingsocio-environmental debates.

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The twin categories of the state and nature collectively embody some of the most fundamental reference points around which our lives and thinking are organized. Despite their combined significance, however, the complex relationships that exist between modern states and nature remainunder-theorized and are relatively unexplored. Throug...

Dr Mark Whitehead's research focuses on the links between geography, philosophy and environmental politics. This has been explored through projects on interpreting environmental spaces like sustainable neighbourhoods, green cities and ecological regions from an explicitly geographical perspective, as well as more contemporary analyses...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. States and Natures - An Introduction2. Seeing Double - Thinking about Natures and States3. The Moments of Nature State Relations4. Mapping the Land: Spatializing State Nature5. Nature and the State Apparatus6. Between Laboratory and Leviathan: Technological Development and the Cyborg State7. Exploring Post-National Natures - Or, Nature in the Shadow of the State. BibliographyIndex