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After Nature epub » Hardcover ↠ Nature no longer exists apart from humanity Henceforth the world we will inhabit is the one we have made Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene the Age of Humans The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions industrial scale crop pollens and the disappearance of speXist After Nature develops a politics for this post natural worldJedediah Purdy begins with a history of how Americans have shaped their landscapes He explores the competing traditions that still infuse environmental law and culture a frontier vision of settlement and development a wilderness seeking Romanticism a utilitarian attitude that tries to manage nature for human benefit and a twentieth century ecological view These traditions are ways of seeing the world and humans place in it They are also modes of lawmaking t Worth reading if it's in your fieldscope It traces attitudes towards the environment in an effort to discuss the political implications of the Anthropocene ultimately arguing for a kind of post human friendly form of democracy It was too American though or less a history of dominant American views of natureenvironment The title seemed to promise a bit of a theoretical and political engagement

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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity Henceforth the world we will inhabit is the one we have made Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene the Age of Humans The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions industrial scale crop pollens and the disappearance of species driven to extinction Climate change is planetary engineering without design These facts of the Anthropocene are scientific but its shape and meaning are uestions for politics a politics that does not yet e after the 2016 US election this book really provoked a lot of thought for me over the merits of embracing a democratic politics a worthy read

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After Nature Hat inscribe ideal visions on the earth itself Each has shaped landscapes that make its vision of nature real from wilderness to farmland to suburbs opening some new ways of living on the earth while foreclosing othersThe Anthropocene demands that we draw on all these legacies and go beyond them With human and environmental fates now inseparable environmental politics will become either deeply democratic or uneual and inhumane Where nothing is pure we must create ways to rally devotion to a damaged and ever changing worl This is a great tracing of the discourse about the environment from the beginnings of the United States even earlier a bit and how talking about nature wilderness and environment shaped what it came to be The Anthropocene is not a very new concept from Purdy's point of view; his argument is that legal discourse has always been shaping what counts as nature over the years of policy popular press books and activists pushing together and sometimes against one another to create the nature they want The last two chapters of the book are the best for getting a sense of where we sit now with wilderness or nature in our collective minds fueled by legal interpretations as well as the books we love that discuss wilderness scenes and life out in nature Great read It is somewhat similar to Carlo Marx's book The Machine in the Garden to where I think if you read them together you would really get a lot out of both This book is a lot less academic oriented than Marx's book which is very well researched and detailed Purdy's is too but it is written in a popular press style