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Without Nature?A New Condition for Theology$
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David Albertson and Cabell King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230693.001.0001

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Seeing Nature Spatially

Seeing Nature Spatially

(p.181) Seeing Nature Spatially
Without Nature?

Edward W. Soja

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that nature and society, and the relations between them, have been fundamentally urban for the past twelve millennia, since the formation of the first permanent urban settlements. Moreover, during this long duration, urbanization and urban spatial causality have been the primary forces behind the transformations of nature as well as all forms of societal development: economic, political, cultural, aesthetic. Even the best contemporary arguments that nature has been socialized, embedded in the dynamics of industrialization and reflexive modernization, and made into an essentially political project are not enough to explain why we may be “without nature.” Understanding nature today means putting urban spatiality first.

Keywords:   nature, society, urbanization, urban spatiality, urban settlement

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