Rethinking Invasion Ecologies from the Environmental Humanities (Routledge Environmental Humanities)
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Research from a humanist perspective has much to offer in interrogating the social and cultural ramifications of invasion ecologies. The impossibility of securing national boundaries against accidental transfer and the unpredictable climatic changes of our time have introduced new dimensions and hazards to this old issue. Written by a team of international scholars, this book allows us to rethink the impact on national, regional or local ecologies of the deliberate or accidental introduction of foreign species, plant and animal. Modern environmental approaches that treat nature with naïve realism or mobilize it as a moral absolute, unaware or unwilling to accept that it is informed by specific cultural and temporal values, are doomed to fail. Instead, this book shows that we need to understand the complex interactions of ecologies and societies in the past, present and future over the Anthropocene, in order to address problems of the global environmental crisis. It demonstrates how humanistic methods and disciplines can be used to bring fresh clarity and perspective on this long vexed aspect of environmental thought and practice.
Students and researchers in environmental studies, invasion ecology, conservation biology, environmental ethics, environmental history and environmental policy will welcome this major contribution to environmental humanities.
future’ (Warkentin, 2009: 152). Atwood’s novel, then, acts as both an account of present-day practices and as a warning of the unforeseen or ignored dangers arising from such experiments. Critically, a commercial dynamic underpins and ﬁnances the genetic work. The experiments carried out are undertaken in sealed communities or Compounds owned by companies whose names evoke the merging of biotechnology and business: OrganInc; HelthWyzer; RejoovenEsence. These corporations compete to satisfy a
districts in the 1880s said of the dry woodlands at Byrock, north of Coolabah: White bodies and native invaders 103 It is almost a treeless country . . . and absolutely level. The surface soil becomes pulverised by the trafﬁc into an impalpable red dust, and the slightest agitation of the wind raises it in heavy clouds. It tinges everything around; in fact it is one of those places where every prospect displeases, and all but man is vile (Anon, 1884: 14) The scrub was increasing in density,
wheat, he had selected for the dry and hot conditions in the interior. He tried North African, Mediterranean, West Asian and Central European wheats with little success (Peacock, 1904a). The wheat trials did not fare any better when the rains returned. Typical of the extreme variability of the western country, when the drought broke, it was with ﬁerce storms and ﬂooding. The farm’s manager, Peacock, reported that in September 1903 heavy rain caused a nearby cowal to overﬂow and ﬂood some of the
animal among the animals, under the Martian heel. With us it would be as with them, to lurk and watch, to run and hide; the fear and empire of man had passed away. (ibid.: 169–170) It is significant that it is not the sight of the advanced Martian species in their mechanical tripods that ﬁrst inspires in the narrator this sense of dethronement, but rather the sight of a known landscape transformed almost overnight by the incursion of alien vegetation. Although, on a rational level, it is the
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