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Reframing the Invasive Species Challenge

Biological Invasion and North American Settler Colonialism

Daniel Schniedewind

of field-based invasive species work in the Hudson Valley must be completed during this brief summer sprint, and so there I was, alongside a conservation intern from a leading regional environmental nonprofit, scanning the layers of leaf forms along

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Untangling Introduced and Invasive Animals

Crystal Fortwangler

This article explores introduced and invasive species, untangling the ways in which disciplinary frameworks across the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities examine introduced and invasive species and their relations with human societies. It focuses on how attention to this topic varies as well as what the unifying factors and commonalities are, and what benefit we gain from a comparison of approaches. The article discusses work from a range of disciplines to examine and critique the ways in which we think about introduced and invasive species not only in ecological but also in social and cultural terms.

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Like a Tumbleweed in Eden

The Diasporic Lives of Concepts

Banu Subramaniam

obscured in our current environmental anxieties about invasive species. It is illustrative in thinking about colonialism and botany through the lens of the concept of diaspora. In previous work, 11 I have explored the field of invasive species management

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From Invasive to Iconic

A New Cultural Typology of Introduced Species

Clayton Fordahl

; Mooney and Cleland 2001 ; Mooney and Drake 1986 ; Parker et al. 1989; Williamson 1996 ). Examples of invasive species abound. Invasive species include a wide variety of plants and animals, from mollusks to mammals, flowers to fish ( Anthony 2017

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Book Reviews

Sarah Lyon, Mary Kelaita, Celia Lowe, L. Jen Shaffer, Christopher R. Cox, Constanza Ocampo-Raeder, James Finley, Barbara Rose Johnston, Amelia Fiske, Alex Blanchette, Julie A. Shepherd-Powell, Peter W. Stahl, Christopher Jarrett, and Amber R. Huff

ALKON, Alison Hope, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy

CORMIER, Loretta, The Ten-Thousand Year Fever: Rethinking Human and Wild-Primate Malarias

DOBSON, Andrew, Kezia BARKER, and Sarah TAYLOR, Biosecurity: The Sociopolitics of Invasive Species and Infectious Disease

FOWLER, Cynthia, Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone

HUBER, Matthew T., Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

KANE, Stephanie, Where the Rivers Meet the Sea: The Political Ecology of Water

KILCUP, Karen, Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women's Environmental Writing, 1781–1924

KRUPAR, Shiloh R., Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste

MORTON, Timothy, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World

NAGY, Kelsi, and Phillip David JOHNSON II, eds., Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

REECE, Erik, and James J. KRUPA, The Embattled Wilderness: The Natural and Human History of Robinson Forest and the Fight for Its Future

ROSTAIN, Stéphen, Islands in the Rainforest: Landscape Management in Pre-Columbian Amazonia

SIEBERT, Stephen F., The Nature and Culture of Rattan: Reflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia

SODIKOFF, Genese Marie, Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere

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Bicho bandido

Wild boars, biological invasions and landscape transformations on the Brazilian–Uruguayan border (Pampas region)

Caetano Sordi

In this paper, I discuss the reactions to European wild boars () in the Brazilian–Uruguayan border region from an ethnographic point of view. Drawing on the concept of taskscape, I explore the reasons why these animals are regarded as ‘bandits’ by local agents, as well as the differences in perception between the threat posed by boars and by other non‐native species also present in the Pampa biome, such as Australian eucalyptus ( sp.), Pinus ( sp) and South‐African tough lovegrass (). By contrasting scientific and local views of ‘invasive species’, I argue that the reactions to are connected to the transformations that the Pampa landscape has been undergoing throughout its socio‐environmental history. Namely, the deeply agonistic pattern of human–animal relations that constituted the prairie, as well as the tensions concerning the relations of property and labour in rural areas. Furthermore, in line with the approach that sees landscapes as shaped by different ‘tasks’, I explore local notions of ‘work’ in order to offer an alternative interpretation for the problem of biological invasions, beyond the territorial approach that permeates the literature on the subject.

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New Wine and Old Wineskins? Novel Ecosystems and Conceptual Change

Brendon M. H. Larson

increasingly questioned in cases ranging from invasive species ( Head 2012 ) to wilderness ( Cronon 1995 ) to the planet as a whole ( Steffen et al. 2011 ). There have been dramatic proposals to actively “introduce” human agency into natural areas, including

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Righting Names

The Importance of Native American Philosophies of Naming for Environmental Justice

Rebekah Sinclair

familial and ethical relations represented and brought about by those names. The result is that very pressing problems—like water rights, use and distribution of “resources,” ecosystem management, and invasive species solutions—are all operating without

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Book Reviews

Pierre Du Plessis and Sanal Mohan

ideological analysis of race – most evident with topics such as invasive species or the preservation of “natives” – is that it stridently disregards the life forms in question (the plants themselves) as mere screens on which racial projections are expressed

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Dangerous Mobilities

Mimi Sheller

Borovnik’s sailors. And dangerous mobilities have a kind of “performativity” insofar as they cause other things to happen: invasive species spread around the world, affecting entire ecosystems; human-made risks reverberate into cascading catastrophes