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Richard J. Ladle and Paul Jepson

The concept of extinction is at the heart of the modern conservation movement, and massive resources have been spent on developing models and frameworks for quantifying and codifying a phenomenon that has been described by American researcher and naturalist Edward O. Wilson as an obscure and local biological process. Scientists, environmentalists, and politicians have repeatedly used extinction rhetoric as a core justification for a global conservation agenda that seeks to influence a wide range of human activities despite the inherent difficulty and uncertainty involved in estimating current and future rates of extinction, or even in verifying the demise of a particular species. In this article we trace the historical origins of the extinction concept and discuss its power to influence policies, agendas, and behaviors. We argue that conservation needs to develop a more culturally meaningful rhetoric of extinction that aligns scientific evidence, cultural frames, institutional frameworks, and organizational interests.

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Witnessing the Unseen

Extinction, Spirits, and Anthropological Responsibility

Liana Chua

forms of witnessing that I have encountered in my current research on orangutan conservation and earlier fieldwork with indigenous Bidayuhs in Borneo: first, the technologies through which orangutan extinction is made visualizable and alarmingly

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Bequeathing a World

Ecological Inheritance, Generational Conflict, and Dispossession

Kath Weston

passed along the poisoned gift of a damaged environment? Ours were small gestures, to be sure, proportionate with our still-growing bodies. Looking at the dismal record of greenhouse gas production, extinction, and ecological exploitation since, those

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Tuna Tales

Narratives that Persuade as They Explain International Fisheries Management

D. G. Webster

Steven Adolf. 2019. Tuna Wars: Powers Around the Fish We Love to Conserve . New York: Springer. Jennifer E. Telesca. 2020. Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. These two

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Democracies in the Ethnosphere

An Anthropologist's Lived Experiences of Indigenous Democratic Cultures

Wade Davis and Jean-Paul Gagnon

species of plant and animal are moribund or on the brink of extinction. Yet this, the most apocalyptic projection in the realm of biological diversity, scarcely approaches what we know to be the most optimistic scenario in the realm of cultural diversity

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Sinem Gunes, Senem Kaptan, David M.R. Orr, Diana Jiménez Thomas R., and Thomas M. Wilson

contribution to the field. Senem Kaptan Rutgers University Motor Vehicles, The Environment, and the Human Condition: Driving to Extinction Hans A. Baer, Lanham: Lexington, 2019, ISBN 978-1-7936-0488-0, 258 pp., Hb: £65.00. Reviewed by David M

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What a Museum Cannot Bear Witness To

Bursa City Museum and the Representation of the Jewish Minority

Sercan Eklemezler

extinction) about being represented in the museum, and from this analysis to make constructive suggestions for the institution. For this reason, the place of the Jewish Minority in the history of the city is also included in the study, and in-depth interviews

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Towards an Ecographics

Ecological Storylines in Bande Dessinée

Armelle Blin-Rolland

about and in the face of collapse and extinction. Graphic engagements with the more-than-human world have been explored by scholars who have pointed to the medium's ‘ecocritical potential’, as stated in the introduction to the 2020 special issue of

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Antonina Vinokurova, Irena Khokholova, Boris Osipov, Stepan Pavlov, Yana Tokhtobina, and Vilyuyana Platonova

This study investigates processes of globalization and urbanization as they directly affect linguistic shift and threaten the of extinction of the cultures and languages of many peoples of the world. Indigenous cultures and languages remain