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Natives and aliens: who and what belongs in nature and in the nation?

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posted on 16.10.2020 by Marco Antonsich
The distinction between native and alien species is a main tenet of various natural sciences, invasion biology in particular. However, it is also a contested one, as it does not reflect the biological features of a species, but only its place of origin and migration history. The present article offers a brief genealogy of the native/alien divide and argues that central to this binary is a national thinking which divides the world into distinct (national) units, enclosed by (natural) borders, with a unique (native) population attached to these spatial units. The article illustrates this argument by looking at two interrelated processes: the nationalisation of nature, by which the national thinking intervenes as an organising principle in determining ecological inclusion/exclusion, and the naturalisation of the nation, through which the nation is given an ontological status. Taken together these two processes confirm the continuing salience of the nation as a b-ordering principle actively constituting both the social and natural world, also in times of anthropogenic changes and increasing people’s mobility.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • Geography and Environment

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Antonsich, M. (2020). Natives and aliens: who and what belongs in nature and in the nation? Area, In Press.

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Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Antonsich, M. (2020). Natives and aliens: who and what belongs in nature and in the nation? Area, In Press, which has been published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

Acceptance date

14/10/2020

ISSN

0004-0894

eISSN

1475-4762

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Marco Antonsich. Deposit date: 14 October 2020

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