Get Real: Climate Change and All That 'It' Entails

Michael Carolan, Diana Stuart

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This article builds on Carolan's three natures scheme, where he distinguishes between the strata of 'nature', nature and Nature, by overlaying his previous framework with further analytic distinctions. Doing this, the authors argue, adds an important layer of analytical and conceptual robustness that his earlier scheme lacks. After building on this framework, attention turns to the phenomena of climate change. A selection of agrifood studies on this subject is used to help illustrate the utility of the revised model. The literatures reviewed involve the following: those looking at attitudes among farmers toward climate change; the bark beetle outbreaks in British Columbia; and food regimes. With this move the authors seek to illustrate the explanatory and descriptive utility of the revised model, specifically in its ability to provide a sustained defence of a type of realism that relational social theorists implicitly ascribe to. They also show how their conceptual labours - and the ecologically embedded relational realism it brings to the fore - can help further inform the aforementioned literatures by highlighting some of their conceptual and analytic blind spots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-95
Number of pages22
JournalSociologia Ruralis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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