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Native Species, Human Communities and Cultural Relationships

Paul Knights

Environmental Values 17(2008): 353-373. doi: 10.3197/096327108X343121

ABSTRACT

Species are ordinarily conceived of as being native or non-native to either a geographical location or an ecological community. I submit that species may also be native or non-native to human communities. I argue, by way of an analogy with varieties of domesticated and cultivated species, that this sense of nativity is grounded by the cultural relationships human communities have with species. A further analogy is drawn with the motivations of varietal nativists - who seek to protect native varieties of domesticated and cultivated species for the sake of their cultural value - to argue for the consideration of the cultural value of native species in environmental policy decisions regarding invasive non-native species.


KEYWORDS

Species, culture, value, community

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Exotic Species, Naturalisation, and Biological Nativism Ned Hettinger

Nativism and Nature: Rethinking Biological Invasion. Jonah H. Peretti

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Problem of Exotic Species Mark Woods and Paul Veatch Moriarty

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

The Need for Indigenous Voices in Discourse about Introduced Species: Insights from a Controversy over Wild Horses. Jonaki Bhattacharyya and Brendon M.H. Larson


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