The Resource The illusory boundary : environment and technology in history, edited by Martin Reuss and Stephen H. Cutcliffe, (electronic resource)

The illusory boundary : environment and technology in history, edited by Martin Reuss and Stephen H. Cutcliffe, (electronic resource)

Label
The illusory boundary : environment and technology in history
Title
The illusory boundary
Title remainder
environment and technology in history
Statement of responsibility
edited by Martin Reuss and Stephen H. Cutcliffe
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The view of nature and technology inhabiting totally different, even opposite, spheres persists across time and cultures. Most people would consider an English countryside or a Louisiana bayou to be "natural," though each is to an extent the product of technology. Pollution, widely thought to be a purely man-made phenomenon, results partly from natural processes. All around us, things from the natural world are brought into the human world. At what point do we consider them part of culture rather than nature? And does such a distinction illuminate our world or obscure its workings?
  • In addition to recognizing the artificial divide between these two concepts, the essays in this book demonstrate how such thinking may affect societies' ability to survive and prosper. The answers and ideas are as numerous as the landscapes they consider, for there is no single path toward a more harmonious vision of technology and nature. Technologies that work in one place may not in another. Nature that is preserved in one community might become the raw material of technological progress somewhere else. Add to this the fact that the natural world and technology are not passive players, but are profoundly involved in cultural construction. Understanding such dynamics not only reveals a new historical complexity; it prepares us for coping with many of the most difficult and pressing social issues facing us today."--pub. desc
  • This compelling new book challenges the view that a clear and unwavering boundary exists between nature and technology. Rejecting this dichotomy, the contributors show how the history of each can be united in a constantly shifting panorama where definitions of "nature" and "technology" alter and overlap
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
303.48/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
T14.5
LC item number
.I44 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The illusory boundary : environment and technology in history, edited by Martin Reuss and Stephen H. Cutcliffe, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Is there a Chinese view of technology and nature?
  • Peter C. Perdue
  • Out west in places and spaces
  • William D. Rowley
  • The city as an artifact of technology and the environment
  • Joel A. Tarr
  • Waste and pollution : changing views and environmental consequences
  • Craig E. Colten
  • Are tomatoes natural?
  • Ann Vileisis
  • Understanding the place of humans in nature
  • Can organisms be technology?
  • Edmund Russell
  • Where does nature end and culture begin? Converging themes in the history of technology and environmental history
  • Hugh S. Gorman and Betsy Mendelsohn
  • James C. Williams
  • Our bodies and our histories of technology and the environment
  • Joy Parr
  • Can nature improve technology?
  • Peter Coates
  • The nature of industrialization
  • Sara B. Pritchard and Thomas Zeller
Control code
ocn760887520
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 318 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813929880
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
ill., maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6t9zxd
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b27070013
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)760887520
  • jstor0813930537

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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