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Drawing on the new field of complex adaptive systems and biosemiotics, this ground-breaking synthesis of evolutionary and cultural theory argues that?far from being opposed to... Read more
Drawing on the new field of complex adaptive systems and biosemiotics, this ground-breaking synthesis of evolutionary and cultural theory argues that?far from being opposed to nature?culture is the way that nature has evolved in human beings. Arguing that these evolutionary processes reveal the fundamental sociality of human creatures, a theory is offered that the complex structures of biosemiotic evolution have always involved a creativity which is born from the difficult but productive phenomenological encounter between the Self and its Others; and this creativity is fundamental to human progress. This major contribution to both cultural studies and ecocriticism shows how complexity and biosemiotics forge the link between nature and culture, and provide a new and better understanding of how the whole human creature operates as both social and biological being.
The Whole Creature Paperback edition by Wendy Wheeler
Wendy Wheeler is Reader in English at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of A New Modernity? Change in Science, Literature and Politics; and editor of The Political Subject: Essays on the Self.
The age of gene-centrism and mechanism is slowly passing. In its place, the biological sciences increasingly recognise that life isn't simply a genetically determined programme but is centrally a matter of information and communication systems nested in larger communicative systems. The latter include both internal and external,
Arguing that humans are, in a fundamental sense, social beings, this book articulates that this can be grasped from understanding the complex social processes of evolution. It shows that through looking at the complex emergence of human society and culture, we can get a better understanding of how 'the whole creature' operates.
This work explores the promotion of adolescent development in a community context. It covers such topics as the integration of research and practice to strengthen communities for adolescent development, youth-adult partnerships, and where youth-work preparation meets higher education.
Following her successful book "A New Modernity?", in this volume Wendy Wheeler gathers together essays which explore the complex nature of the contemporary "self", which - as she argues - is the starting point for politics.
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