Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millenium by Noel Castree, Bruce Braun

By Noel Castree, Bruce Braun

This e-book rejects apocalyptic pronouncements that the tip of the millennium represents the 'end' of nature in addition. Remaking fact brings jointly individuals from around the human sciences who argue inspiration of "social nature" offers nice wish for the longer term. employing a number of theoretical ways to social nature, and fascinating with debates in politics, technology, expertise and social events surrounding race, gender and sophistication, the members discover vital and rising websites the place nature is now being remade with massive social and ecological results.

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Yet, it is precisely exploring these threads and interconnections that makes SSK such a rich resource. As is evident in many of the chapters in this volume, SSK has begun to reshape how we talk about the social constitution of nature. There are many advantages to SSK approaches, but here we want to highlight four. First, with its emphasis on knowledge production as “worldly,” SSK scholars trace nature’s “emergence” in specific, historical practices (fieldwork, the laboratory, writing), not in order to dismiss or minimize science, but in order show how these world-changing knowledges are made in social and institutional contexts saturated with relations of power.

The social production of nature occurs within wider discursive fields in and through which “things” are rendered visible and available to forms of calculation. In other words—to follow Haraway’s (1997) reworking of Ian Hacking’s (1983) phrase—representation is intervening. Third, post-structuralist accounts of nature’s construction place attention firmly on the operation of power and widen what is taken to be the domain of politics. Power—as Foucault (1977) so brilliantly showed—is not only, or even primarily, something “held,” as in models of sovereign power.

But it is precisely the ways in which society is constructed through, or in relation to, things (microbes, door closers, machines, and so on) along with the various ways that science is the cause rather than medium of nature’s representation that, as moderns, we are unable to see, since we live within a modern “constitution” that assigns “nature” and “culture” to two distinct realms, and similarly situates “knowledge” in one (nature) and “politics” in another (culture). This modern constitution, Latour argues, allows technoscience to build both nature and society simultaneously, but in ways that remain relatively unexamined.

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