Social Nature

Collapsing Dichotomies without Unraveling the Fabric of Things


  • Adrian Ivakhiv University of Vermont



actor-network theory, social nature, interdisciplinarity


Noel Castree, Nature (Key Ideas in Geography; London and New York: Routledge, 2005), 312 pp., $38.95, ISBN: 9780415339056.

Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 320 pp., $43.95, ISBN 13: 9780199256044.

John Law, After Method: Mess in Social Science Research (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 200, $54.95, ISBN: 978-0-415-34175-2.

Author Biography

  • Adrian Ivakhiv, University of Vermont
    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Environmental Thought & Culture Graduate Concentration, Environmental Studies/Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


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———. 2004. The Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

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How to Cite

Ivakhiv, A. (2009). Social Nature: Collapsing Dichotomies without Unraveling the Fabric of Things . Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 2(2), 258-268.