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Living between nature and technology: The suburban constitution of environmentalism in Australia


Davison, AG, Living between nature and technology: The suburban constitution of environmentalism in Australia, Technonatures: Environments, Technologies, Spaces, and Places in the Twenty-first Century, Wilfred Laurier University Press, DF White, C Wilbert (ed), Waterloo, Canada, pp. 167-189. ISBN 978-1-55458-150-4 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Environmentalism and social sciences appear to be in a period of disorientation and perhaps transition. In this innovative collection, leading international thinkers explore the notion that one explanation for the current malaise of the "politics of ecology" is that we increasingly find ourselves negotiating "technonatural" space/times. International contributors map the political ecologies of our technonatural present and indicate possible paths for technonatural futures. The term "technonatures" is in debt to a long line of environmental cultural theory from Raymond Williams onwards, problematizing the idea that a politics of the environment can be usefully grounded in terms of the rhetoric of defending the pure, the authentic, or an idealized past solely in terms of the ecological or the natural. In using the term "technonatures" as an organizing myth and metaphor for thinking about the politics of nature in contemporary times, this collection seeks to explore one increasingly pronounced dimension of the social natures discussion. Technonatures highlights a growing range of voices considering the claim that we are not only inhabiting diverse social natures but that within such natures our knowledge of our worlds is ever more technologically mediated, produced, enacted, and contested.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Technonatures; Environmentalism; Suburbs; Artifice; Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:57218
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-06-26
Last Modified:2014-12-11
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