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ISBN: 9780631236047 - Nature, Technology and the Sacred
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Nature, Technology and the Sacred

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Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski

ISBN: 9780631236047
Format: Paperback
Publisher:John Wiley and Sons Ltd


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This timely book argues that contemporary ideas and practices concerning nature and technology remain closely bound up with religious ways of thinking and acting. Using examples from North America…

 

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In a critical reinterpretation of the idea of the 'disenchantment of nature', this provocative and timely book argues that contemporary ideas and practices concerning nature and technology remain closely bound up with religious ways of thinking and acting. Using examples from North America, Europe and elsewhere, many derived from original research, it reinterprets a range of 'secular' phenomena in terms of their conditioning by a complex series of transformations of the sacred in Western history. The contemporary practices of environmental politics, technological risk behaviour, alternative medicine, vegetarianism and ethical consumption take on new significance as sites of struggle between different sacral orderings. "Nature, Technology and the Sacred" introduces a radically new direction for today's critical discourse concerning nature and technology, one that reinstates it as a moment within the ongoing religious history of the West.
 
 

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