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Ripples in the Storm. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, August 2008, Pages: 116
Nature, many geographers agree, is a concept central
to geographical inquiry. What fewer geographers agree
on, however, is the meaning of the word ‘nature’.
Complex, polysemic, multifarious, ambiguous,
misunderstood, contested, politicised – these are a
few of the words that have been used to describe the
concept of nature in geography.
Ripples in the Storm is a survey that traces the idea
of nature as it developed and cycled through time and
through geographical thought and writings – from
geography’s beginnings as a discipline, to
present-day currents and debates revolving around
questions of nature, culture and society.
The book is also a celebration of sorts in
recognition of the richness and diversity of the
discipline of geography – a diversity within which
the author outlines a pattern to help students of
geography, and readers interested in geography and
nature, make sense of the complexity and ambiguity of
the nature concept.
Renate Sander-Regier – naturalist, writer and geography PhD
candidate at the University of Ottawa – has an intense passion
for the outdoors, and for the relationships negotiated between
people and natural environments. Her current research focuses on
co-constituted landscapes, and the human-nature relations that