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The Meaningful Order of the World and Nature

Nature has to be taken into account in social planning; this goal was gradually accepted during the 20th century in Finland. Conservation ideals of the late 19th century were in the background. However, during the 20th century nature conservation widened to include also areas under human influence, largely as a consequence of environmental conflicts. The article analyses this change, using Bruno Latour's idea of "modern constitution" as a framework. The modern constitution drew a strict division line between nature and culture. The need to preserve culturally defined natural objects undermines this dualistic assumption.

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