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Rethinking rural nature in the era of ecocide

Jones, O (2017) 'Rethinking rural nature in the era of ecocide.' In: Choné, A, Hajek, I and Hamman, P, eds. Rethinking nature: challenging disciplinary boundaries. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 145-157. ISBN 9781138214927

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Abstract

This chapter seeks to explore what happens to the rural/urban divide and to notions of CULTURE/nature when (a) the very idea of nature, in the enlightenment/modern world-view, is lost, in two conflicting senses; and (b) the very idea of rural/urban space is challenged by topological systems-based readings of the interconnected world. This is done in the context of the contemporary world being ‘urban’, and through the concept of ecocide (Guattari, 1989/2000). It is suggested that as the world urbanizes the impacts of ecocide are, in some ways, most obvious in what could be called ‘rural’ and ‘wilderness’ areas: as the apparent ‘homes’ of nature these are where extinction and despoliation of various kinds are most evident. To understand the condition of rural/urban space and nature within them an enfolding of topological and topographical approaches is asked for which can deal with the shifting complexities of rural/urban space and nature. Whatever sustainable futures might look like, and, within them, surviving forms of ‘nature’, the rural/urban divide might be more of a hindrance than a help, just as the CULTURE/nature divide has been.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 17:00
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 11:00
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