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Imagining extinction : the cultural meanings of endangered species

Author: Ursula K Heise
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
We are currently facing the sixth mass extinction of species in the history of life on Earth, biologists claim--the first one caused by humans. Activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists are seeking to bring the crisis to the public's attention through stories and images that use the strategies of elegy, tragedy, epic, and even comedy. Imagining Extinction is the first book to examine the cultural frameworks  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ursula K Heise
ISBN: 9780226358024 022635802X 9780226358161 022635816X
OCLC Number: 1096260643
Description: xiii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: From the end of nature to the beginning of the anthropocene --
Lost dogs, last birds, and listed species: elegy and comedy in conservation stories --
From arks to ARKive.org: database, epic, and biodiversity --
The legal lives of endangered species: biodiversity laws and culture --
Mass extinction and mass slaughter: biodiversity, violence, and the dangers of domestication --
Biodiversity, environmental justice, and multispecies communities --
Multispecies fictions for the anthropocene --
Coda: the hug of the polar bear
Responsibility: Ursula K. Heise

Abstract:

We are currently facing the sixth mass extinction of species in the history of life on Earth, biologists claim--the first one caused by humans. Activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists are seeking to bring the crisis to the public's attention through stories and images that use the strategies of elegy, tragedy, epic, and even comedy. Imagining Extinction is the first book to examine the cultural frameworks shaping these narratives and images. Ursula K. Heise argues that understanding these stories and symbols is indispensable for any effective advocacy on behalf of endangered species. More than that, she shows how biodiversity conservation, even and especially in its scientific and legal dimensions, is shaped by cultural assumptions about what is valuable in nature and what is not. These assumptions are hardwired into even seemingly neutral tools such as biodiversity databases and laws for the protection of endangered species. Heise shows that the conflicts and convergences of biodiversity conservation with animal welfare advocacy, environmental justice, and discussions about the Anthropocene open up a new vision of multispecies justice. Ultimately, Imagining Extinction demonstrates that biodiversity, endangered species, and extinction are not only scientific questions but issues of histories, cultures, and values."--Publisher's description

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