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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, USA.dutkj415@newschool.edu
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Australasia
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Bovidae
  6. Cattle
  7. Classification
  8. Commonwealth of Nations
  9. Conservation
  10. Developed countries
  11. Economics
  12. Introduced species
  13. Invasive species
  14. Mammals
  15. Marsupials
  16. New Zealand
  17. Oceania
  18. OECD countries
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Pests.
  21. Ruminants
  22. taxonomy
  23. ungulates
  24. vertebrates
  25. Wild animals
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