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Nativism and Nature: Rethinking Biological Invasion

Jonah H. Peretti

Environmental Values 7(1998): 183-192. doi: 10.3197/096327198129341537

The study of biological invasions raises troubling scientific, political and moral issues that merit discussion and debate on a broad scale. Nativist trends in Conservation Biology have made environmentalists biased against alien species. This bias is scientifically questionable, and may have roots in xenophobic and racist attitudes. Rethinking conservationists' conceptions of biological invasion is essential to the development of a progressive environmental science, politics, and philosophy.

KEYWORDS: environment, conservation, biological invasion, native, alien

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Problem of Exotic Species Mark Woods and Paul Veatch Moriarty

Exotic Species, Naturalisation, and Biological Nativism Ned Hettinger

Native Species, Human Communities and Cultural Relationships. Paul Knights

The Nazi Comparison in the Debate over Restoration: Nativism and Domination.Eric Katz

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