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Nature Performed: Environment, Culture and Performance

Bronislaw Szerszynski (Editor), Wallace Heim (Editor), Claire Waterton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1464-6
238 pages
April 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book brings together contributions from scholars across the humanities.

  • A wide-ranging exploration of the interface between performance and nature.

  • Examines the use and usefulness of ideas of ‘performance’ for understanding human-nature relationships.

  • Draws on different disciplines and intellectual traditions and on different conceptions of ‘performance’ and ‘nature’.

  • Contributions are rooted in real-world contexts and problems, explored through detailed ethnographic work.

  • Explores domains as diverse as allotments and bioinvasion, fox hunting and green politics.

  • Makes a distinctive contribution to the ‘cultural turn’ in environmental research.
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Acknowledgements.

Introduction (Bronislaw Szerszynski, Wallace Heim and Claire Waterton).

Part I: Making Worlds.

Performances and Constitutions Of Natures: A Consideration Of The Performance Of Lay Geographies (David Crouch).

Ritual Theory and The Environment (Ronald Grimes).

A Passionate Pursuit: Foxhunting As Performance (Garry Marvin).

Part II: Living Here.

Green Distinctions: The Performance Of Identity Among Environmental Activists (Dave Horton).

Performing Safety In Faulty Environments (Peter Simmons).

Public Participation As The Performance Of Nature (Stephen Healy).

Part III: Embodying Abstraction.

Performing The Classification Of Nature (Claire Waterton).

Performing Facts: Finding A Way Over Scotland’s Mountains (Hayden Lorimer and Katrin Lund).

Performing Place In Nature Reserves (Matt Watson).

Part IV: Unsettling Life.

Feral Ecologies: Performing Life On The Colonial Periphery (Nigel Clark).

Slow Activism. Homelands, Love, and The Lightbulb (Wallace Heim).

Technology, Performance and Life Itself: Hannah Arendt and The Fate Of Nature (Bronislaw Szerszynski).

Notes of Contributors.

Index.

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Bronislaw Szerszynski is Lecturer in Environment and Culture at the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University. He is the author of The Sacralization of Nature: Nature and the Sacred in the Global Age (Blackwell Publishing, 2004) and co-editor of Re-ordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (2003) and Risk, Environment and Modernity: Towards a New Ecology (1996).


Wallace Heim is a doctoral student. She has exhibited sculpture internationally and designed for the theatre, television and film.


Claire Waterton is Lecturer in Environment and Social Policy at the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University.

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  • A wide-ranging exploration of the interface between performance and nature.
  • Examines the use and usefulness of ideas of ‘performance’ for understanding human-nature relationships.
  • Draws on different disciplines and intellectual traditions and on different conceptions of ‘performance’ and ‘nature’.
  • Contributions are rooted in real-world contexts and problems, explored through detailed ethnographic work.
  • Explores domains as diverse as allotments and bioinvasion, fox hunting and green politics.
  • Makes a distinctive contribution to the ‘cultural turn’ in environmental research.
See More
"A testimonial to the passions, responsibilities and creative activism currently being enacted in areas of environmental concern...the book overall makes an important contribution, with many strong and interesting chapters, and should have appeal across a wide range of audiences." Environmental Values, vol 14/4

"In more ways than one, this book challenges us to use our imaginations." Cultural Geographies

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