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Contact with Nature as Essential to the Human Experience

Reflections on Pandemic Confinement

Alan E. Kazdin and Pablo Vidal-González

Human contact with nature now is a luxury or pastime for many, which of course is odd given our evolutionary origins. We evolved completely in nature in virtually every possible way for food, clothing, living quarters, but also walking

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Nature’s Market?

A Review of Organic Certification

Shaila Seshia Galvin

As organic food becomes more widely available, great faith is placed on the seal or logo that certifies organic status. This article treats the mark of certification as a starting rather than an end point, critically reviewing literature from diverse national and regional contexts. Exploring questions concerning the extent to which organic certification assists or undermines the goal of ecological sustainability, abets the advance of large-scale agricultural capital, and supports the livelihood of smallholder farmers, the article considers the theoretical foundations, methodologies and modes of inquiry that have guided studies of organic agriculture and certification. It brings this research into conversation with literatures on audit cultures, quality, and with ongoing nature-culture debates. Through critical review of the literature and the author's extensive fieldwork with organic smallholders in northern India, the article suggests possible directions in which the literature may be expanded and advanced.

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Socialities of Nature Beyond Utopia

Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

the last few hundred years, human-nature systems are in danger of collapse. Surface and sub-soil water resources are drastically overtaxed and the ecosystems that they support are collapsing. The destruction of habitat is causing a wave of extinctions

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The Unrealized Potential of Body-Reflexive Practices

Intimations of a New Materialism

Steve Garlick

materialisms. I am most interested in new materialist work that reconceives nature as a dynamic and creative force that informs and is a part of our social and cultural life. I suggest that further development of the concept of body-reflexive practices

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The Continent Behind

Alienation and the American Scene in George William Curtis’s Lotus-Eating: A Summer Book

James Weaver

midcentury American tourism and conceptions of nature. For instance, in his discussion of nineteenth-century tourist attractions in Sacred Places , John F. Sears acknowledges Curtis alongside writers like Bayard Taylor and Nathaniel Parker Willis, who also

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The Relocation of Transcendence

Using Schutz to Conceptualize the Nature Experiences of Secular People

David Thurfjell, Cecilie Rubow, Atko Remmel, and Henrik Ohlsson

in nature. It absorbs us.” (Swedish interviewee) “For me, eternity is when I watch the horizon. The sea induces hope, a sense of new possibilities.” (Danish interviewee) Introduction In one of his notebooks, the Austrian sociologist and

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Sartre's Three Gods

Daniel O'Shiel

nature and differences of the three concepts, as well as some consequences of trying to account for them within an existential framework such as Sartre's. Considering these goals, the article is broken up into four main sections. First I will review the

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Raw Data

Making Relations Matter

Antonia Walford

perspective. This also provides a vantage point from which to rethink the way that facts and relations might themselves relate to ideas of nature and culture. I will start by reiterating an observation that has been made several times (including in the

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Facing a Toxic Object

Nuclear Waste Management and its Challenges for Nature-Culture-Relationships

Christiane Schürkmann

, between nature and culture, this contribution aims to discuss HLW in the context of nuclear waste management policy as a critical toxic object — an object with an activity identified and problematized as toxic and with the potential to challenge human

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Mythical Infrastructuring

The Work of Stories in the Making of the Chacao Bridge, Southern Chile

Rodrigo Cordero, Aldo Mascareño, Ignacia Rodríguez, and Francisco Salinas

). Infrastructure projects also produce social conflicts between actors with different interests and backgrounds, whereby the boundaries between nature and culture, past and future, are constantly tested ( Harvey and Knox 2012 ; Henke and Sims 2020 ; Jensen 2015