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Like a Tumbleweed in Eden

The Diasporic Lives of Concepts

Banu Subramaniam

of nature and culture as linked together in “naturecultures.” Second, the word is increasingly connected to the ravages of colonialism and consequences of globalization—two processes central to understanding the travels of human, nonhuman, and

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The Governance of the Nature-Culture Nexus: Lessons Learned from the San Pedro de Atacama Case Study

Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

and actants. In other words, harmony in governance relations may be an appealing ideal, but it is not a leading feature of governance as it actually works or could work in a real life, nature-culture grounded SES. Section two of this article presents

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The Coronavirus as Nature-Culture

Talking about Agency

Annette Schnabel and Bettina Ülpenich


We analyze how the coronavirus is fabricated at the interface between science and the public in order to be addressable by political strategies. By means of a content analysis of Christian Drosten's podcasts, we follow (1) how SARS-CoV-2 is constructed in order to be understood by non-scientists, (2) how the specialist becomes a public expert, and (3) how this co-fabrication takes place. This provides insight into the “fabrication” of meaning and of how uncertainty is transformed into knowledge during times of major risk through focusing on the perception of the virus itself. Out of a perspective of speech act theory-informed assemblage thinking, the analysis emphasizes the role of the known-unknown and of the temporality of developments in formatting both virus and expert.

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Minor Traditions, Shizen Equivocations, and Sophisticated Conjunctions

Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita

possible existence of multiple nature-cultures (or alternatives to that distinction) and the definite existence of diverse anthropological traditions. In different ways, the contributors reflect on the entanglements of a variety of analytical traditions and

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Natures of Naturalism

Reaching Bedrock in Climate Science

Martin Skrydstrup

How are nature(s) connected with and/or separated from culture(s)? What are the analytical implications and political stakes involved in holding them apart or combining them? And what remains of the great nature-culture divide in the Anthropocene

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Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita (eds.) 2019. Multiple nature‐cultures, diverse anthropologies. New York: Berghahn Books. 158 pp. Hb.: US$120.00. ISBN: 9781789205381.

Dmitry Bochkov

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Bruun Jensen, Casper and Atsuro Morita (eds.) 2019. Multiple nature‐cultures, diverse anthropologies. New York: Berghahn Books. 158 pp. Pb.: US$27.95. ISBN: 9781789205398.

Alexandra Cotofana

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Naturalism and the Invention of Identity

Marilyn Strathern

reproduction in marriage, nature was reinvented in the significance it carried for the behavior of kinspersons toward one another. Among other things, this stimulated the embryonic field called anthropology and what became its debates over ‘nature-culture

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The Role of Naturalness in Ecological Restoration

A Case Study from the Cook County Forest Preserves

Nicole M. Evans and William P. Stewart

with conflicts between categorical distinctions and a reality that eschews strict divisions between people and nature. Rather than either nature or culture in isolation, restoration practitioners may see interwoven nature-cultures ( Latour 1993 ) and

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Building up the collective

A critical assessment of the relationship between indigenous organisations and international cooperation in the Paraguayan Chaco

Valentina Bonifacio

In this article I aim at questioning the modalities through which international cooperation is promoting the creation of indigenous organisations in Paraguay by reinforcing specific notions of what is political and what is not, and in particular by abiding by the nature‐culture divide. In particular, I argue that it ends up ignoring a variety of indigenous political practices by labelling them as ‘religious’ or not recognising them at all.