This book rejects apocalyptic pronouncements that the end of the millenium represents the 'end' of nature as well. Remaking Reality brings together contributors from across the human sciences who argue that a notion of 'social nature' provides great hope for the future. Applying a variety of theoretical approaches to social nature, and engaging with debates in politics, science, technology and social movements surrouding race, gender and class, the contributors explroe important and emerging sites where nature is now being remade with considerable social and ecological consequences. The essays are organised around two themes: 'capitalising and envisioning nature' and 'actors, networks and the politics of hybridity'. An afterword by Neil Smith reflects on the problems and possibilities of future names.
For critics and activists alike, Remaking Reality provides essential theoretical and political tools to rethink environmentalism and progressive social natures for the twenty first century.
""Braun and Castree have pulled together a varied collection of essays that challenge the reader to further expand their notion of nature, and its contested meanings and forms. . .The contributors to "Remaking Reality do an excellent job of redefining nature beyond the typical connotation. . .the diversity of methodological approaches is also welcome, further reinforcing the notion of the topic's socially constructed nature." --Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Lakehead Univ., Ontario, Canada for the Journal of Cultural Geography."