The Social Construction of Nature and Human Nature

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI:
The Social Construction of Nature and Human Nature

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This chapter focuses on social theories concerning the social construction of nature and human nature. It highlights the ways that very different visions of nature can also help generate dangerous attitudes and practices regarding nonhuman nature. It discusses the construals of nature and evaluates the relevance of ethics and environmentalism to the social construction of nature. It also suggests that while anthropological and ethical conceptions are closely linked, no single conception of humanness is uniquely and wholly damaging to the environment or anything else.

Keywords: nature; human nature; social construction; ethics; environmentalism; humanness

Chapter.  10668 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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