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Situating nature: on doing cultural geographies of Australian nature

Instone, L (2004). Situating nature: on doing cultural geographies of Australian nature. Australian Geographer,35(2):131-140.

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Title Situating nature: on doing cultural geographies of Australian nature
Author Instone, L
Journal Name Australian Geographer
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 35
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0004-9182   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-9444231650
Start Page 131
End Page 140
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge - Taylor & Francis
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This paper concentrates on the practices and possibilities of doing poststructural cultural geographies of nature. The paper begins with an overview of the ways in which nature is being reconceptualised in social thought. It charts a middle territory between strong social constructivism and realist approaches, arguing for a relational understanding of nature and culture, and the extension of agency to non-humans--organic and artificial. These 'more than human worlds' ( Whatmore, 'Hybrid geographies' , Sage, London, 2002) pose considerable challenges for researchers. They open spaces for new subjects and new subjectivities, decentre human agency, and challenge more conventional methodological approaches that rely on a separation between subject and object. The paper considers the sorts of methodological shifts required for relational analysis, arguing for a multilayered, multivalent, embodied and situated approach. The practices of situatedness are emphasised in the Australian context, especially in relation to cross-cultural and postcolonial understandings. The paper concludes with a brief comment on the politics of doing such cultural geographies.
Keywords Australia
cultural geography
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