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Species: a praxiographic study

journal contribution
posted on 2015-12-01, 00:00 authored by Eben KirkseyEben Kirksey
© 2015 Royal Anthropological Institute. Taxonomists, who describe new species, are acutely aware of how political, economic, and ecological forces bring new forms of life into being. Conducting ethnographic research among taxonomic specialists - experts who bring order to categories of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes - I found that they pay careful attention to the ebb and flow of agency in multispecies worlds. Emergent findings from genomics and information technologies are transforming existing categories and bringing new ones into being. This article argues that the concept of species remains a valuable sense-making tool despite recent attacks from cultural critics.

History

Journal

Journal of the royal anthropological institute

Volume

21

Issue

4

Pagination

758 - 780

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1359-0987

eISSN

1467-9655

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Royal Anthropological Institute