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Natives and aliens: who and what belongs in nature and in the nation?
journal contributionposted on 2020-10-16, 10:41 authored by Marco AntonsichMarco 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.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Geography and Environment
CitationAntonsich, M. (2020). Natives and aliens: who and what belongs in nature and in the nation? Area, 53(2), pp. 303-310.
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Publisher statementThis 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, 53(2), pp. 303-310, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12679. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions