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Those working in large institutions that supply television, radio and
internet content, like Britain's BBC or Rupert Murdoch's News
Corporation, are among the most powerful epistemic communitieis in the
world. In part, thyeir modus perandi is to assemble, interpret and
reframe the representations of others. In part, their role is to
produce their own distinctive genres of representation, such as
wildlife documentaries. Without the mass media we'd not only be less
well informed (and less entertained) but, arguably, different people.
A set of beliefs about environmental change in a particular place or
region that lack strong evidential base and yet which are widely
held... Environmental myths typically arise when small amounts of
evidence are used to make generalizations, as if it's reasonable to
infer from a few local cases to the wider regional or national scale.
Composed by a self-described "epistemic worker" - a person employed to
spread information, knowledge, arguments and even enlightenment
to the greater majority of people who lack the critical skills
necessary to evaluate his claims - this book explores how "nature" is
being defined for us and how we can go about making sense of nature for
"The way nature is made sense of for us becomes a vehicle of weakly,
even anti-, democratic rule," Noel Castree explains. "This is
especially true in circumstances where most people, spending large
periods at work, engaged in domestic matters and so on, have neither
the time nor inclination to engage meaningfully with their semiosphere."
Drawing from numerous case studies and examples from daily life,
Castree's work describes not what nature is, but "what it's considered
to be," especially by those who claim to speak for nature and who make
significant reference to it in what they do. He goes on to explore the
effects of these claims in public policy, resource utilization, land
use, consumer behavior, and personal ideologies.
Fall's Leaves by
The Nature Within
"The idea that
nature is fast disappearing has given it a new saliency in public
discourse and in the pronouncements of politicians, business and civil
society organisations... According to many commentators, modern
capitalisr societies are 'ecocidal': they're engaged in
nothing less than an arms race against the living Earth.
"Others argue that this sort of environmentalist rhetoric is misplaced:
if we want to free millions of people from grinding poverty and ensure
a good standard of living for all then, it is suggsted, we necessarily
have to bend large parts of the non-human world to our will.
"'Human nature,' in the biological sense of that term, is now arguably
just as much a focus of public interest as things like endangered
species, melting ice sheets or organic food... Representations of human
genes are, I argue, an important medium through which a
re-naturalisation of human self-understanding could be taking place..."
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