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UW Press – : Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World Kenneth Robert Olwig Foreword by Yi-Fu Tuan

Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic
From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World
Kenneth Robert Olwig
Foreword by Yi-Fu Tuan

A masterful work of scholarship with implications for geography, literature, theater, history, political science, law, and environmental studies

Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic explores the origins and lasting influences of two contesting but intertwined discourses that persist today when we use the words landscape, country, scenery, nature, national. In the first sense, the land is a physical and bounded body of terrain upon which the nation state is constructed (e.g., the purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain, from sea to shining sea). In the second, the country is constituted through its people and established through time and precedence (e.g., land where our fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride). Kenneth Robert Olwig’s extended exploration of these discourses is a masterful work of scholarship both broad and deep, which

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America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)

In the most recent two-year election cycle, the political industry’s revenue was estimated to be $16 billion. Meanwhile customer satisfaction is at a historic low. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty)

We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere. Below is a transcript of the episode, edited for readability. For more information on the people and ideas in the episode, see the links at the bottom of this post.

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A few weeks ago, the Michigan congressman Justin Amash announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent.

Justin AMASH:

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