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A passion for birds : American ornithology after Audubon

Author: Mark V Barrow
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the decades following the Civil War - as industrialization, urbanization, and economic expansion increasingly reshaped the landscape - many Americans began seeking adventure and aesthetic gratification through avian pursuits. By the turn of the century, hundreds of thousands of middle- and upper-class devotees were rushing to join Audubon societies, purchase field guides, and keep records of the species they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark V Barrow
ISBN: 0691044023 9780691044026 9780691049540 0691049548
OCLC Number: 36783905
Awards: Winner of Forum for the History of Science in America Book Prize 1998
Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1999
Description: x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Culture of Collecting --
Ch. 2. Desiderata: Bird Collecting and Community --
Ch. 3. Forging Boundaries, Creating Occupational Space --
Ch. 4. Nomenclatural Reform and the Quest for Standards and Stability --
Ch. 5. Embracing and Abandoning Bird Protection --
Ch. 6. Protecting Birds, Protecting Ornithologists --
Ch. 7. Birdwatchers, Scientists, and the Politics of Vision --
Ch. 8. Reforming American Ornithology.
Responsibility: Mark V. Barrow, Jr.
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This is a history of American ornithology, from the death of John James Audubon to World War II. The book shows how efforts to form a scientific community distinct from popular birders met with only  Read more...

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