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The Social Construction of Nature
Author: Klaus Eder

ISBN: 9780803978492
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17 July 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.3
Description:
In this unique and agenda-setting examination of the relation between nature and culture, Klaus Eder demonstrates our ideas of nature are culturally determined, and explains how the relation between modern, industrial societies and nature is increasingly violent and destructive. Through an analysis of symbolism, ritual and taboo, Eder questions the view of nature as an object. Showing how nature is socially constructed, he presents a critique of Marx and Durkheim while offering a radical reinterpretation of the relationship among society, culture and nature. Eder concludes with an examination of the symbolic order of society and of the role of religion in modern culture. Using a culturalist interpretation, he explains how environmentalism, and the social construction of nature, is a key index of social order and structure.

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