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American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: Strangers on the Land

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Sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose, humans have transported plants and animals to new habitats around the world. Arriving in ever-increasing numbers to American soil, recent invaders have competed with, preyed on, hybridized with, and carried diseases to native species, transforming our ecosystems and creating anxiety among environmentalists and the general pub ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by University of California Press (first published December 10th 2006)
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“The United States is having a problem with aliens. Not illegal immigrants or space invaders, but plants and animals that reach the shores and stay.” – National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center

What does the popular and scientific discourse about invasive species tell us about U.S. attitudes about immigration? Does the nativism of ecologists and environmentalists predisposed to “native plants” reflect a deep xenophobic anxiety about national identity?

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Nov 23, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
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The book's structure, focusing at length on a few particular but varied case studies, gives a useful sense of how issues and attitudes changed in real time. A more comprehensive approach, one that tried to cover every single controversial species or invasion, might not have accomplished that as well. I'm especially provoked by Coates' premise that superficially similar anti-foreigner rhetoric between the arenas of human immigration and plant/animal immigration doesn't necessarily or always mean ...more
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Smashing! The thesis links human xenophobia to the perceptions of invasive plants and animals.
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