Urbanizing Nature: Actors and Agency (Dis)Connecting Cities and Nature Since 1500

1st Edition

Tim Soens, Dieter Schott, Michael Toyka-Seid, Bert De Munck

Routledge
January 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367110864 - CAT# K407018
Series: Routledge Advances in Urban History

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Summary

What do we mean when we say that cities have altered humanity’s interaction with nature? The more people are living in cities, the more nature is said to be "urbanizing": turned into a resource, mobilized over long distances, controlled, transformed and then striking back with a vengeance as "natural disaster". Confronting insights derived from Environmental History, Science and Technology Studies or Political Ecology, Urbanizing Nature aims to counter teleological perspectives on the birth of modern "urban nature" as a uniform and linear process, showing how new technological schemes, new actors and new definitions of nature emerged in cities from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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