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Important cows and possum pests: New Zealand's Biodiversity Strategy and (bio)political taxonomies of introduced species

By J. Dutkiewicz

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This paper examines how New Zealand's conservation discourses and strategies have, since the launch of its Biodiversity Strategy at the turn of the millennium, created and sustained a local taxonomy of species rooted in the overlapping but often clashing logics of biodiversity protection, cultural patrimony, and economic growth. This paper focuses on the taxonomy of introduced land mammals, suggesting that classificatory maneuvers pertaining to introduced species demarcate a specific space of legitimized action with regards to animals while shaping global biodiversity discourses to fit a specific local context. Following the work of Timothy Luke on environing and building on Michel Foucault's concept of biopower, this paper argues that in propagating a specific national discourse about biodiversity, species, and economic interests - rooted in what I term bio-nationalism - the Biodiversity Strategy has helped expand the scope of governance of New Zealand's human and nonhuman populations.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 379-399
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341371
Language English
Author Address Department of Politics, New School for Social Research, New York, New York,
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Australasia
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Bovidae
  6. Cattle
  7. Classification
  8. Commonwealth of Nations
  9. Developed countries
  10. Economics
  11. Introduced species
  12. Invasive species
  13. Mammals
  14. Marsupials
  15. New Zealand
  16. Oceania
  17. OECD countries
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. Pests.
  20. Ruminants
  21. taxonomy
  22. ungulates
  23. vertebrates
  24. Wild animals
  25. wildlife conservation
  1. peer-reviewed