Jeff Titon on "natural history"
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Write on the wall...
Jeff T. Titon wrote on the Discussion Group: Cultural Sustainability wall: In my reading since returning from Nashville and giving my AFS paper on "Nature's economy" as a way of reconciling sustainability discourses coming from ecology and economics, I've been exploring the cultures of natural history (that is, the history of the field we call natural history). Prior to this reading I'd assumed Foucault's idea of a great epistemological shift ca. 1800 in Western thought about Nature was correct, but now I'm questioning it. (Foucault writes about natural history and this shift in THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE.) I will be posting some of this to my blog on music and sustainability. Incidentally, the "curiosi" of 17th c. Europe who were interested in unusual objects of natural history were also interested in curious "popular antiquities" (i.e., folklore).