I think 'The Social Creation of Nature' stands Evernden in relation to the present generation roughly as Thoreau stood in relation to New England Transcendentalism. --Max Oelschlaeger, author of 'The Idea of Wilderness.' A thoughtful and illuminating book...For Evernden, 'wildness' is what should be defended and preserved. --'New Scientist.' One reason for our failure to save the earth, argues Neil Evernden, is our disagreement about what nature really is--how it works, what constitutes a risk to it, and even whether we ourselves are part of it. Nature is as much a social entity as a physical one. In addition to the physical resources to be harnessed and transformed, it consists of a domain of rms that may be called upon in defense of certain social ideals. In exploring the consequences of conventional understandings of nature, 'The Social Creation of Nature' also seeks a way around the limitations of a socially created nature in order to defend what is actually imperiled-- wildness, in which, Thoreau wrote, lies hope for the preservation of the world.