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Native Species, Human Communities and Cultural Relationships

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  • Paul Knights

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Species are ordinarily conceived of as being native or non-native to either a geographical location or an ecological community. I submit that species may also be native or non-native to human communities. I argue, by way of an analogy with varieties of domesticated and cultivated species, that this sense of nativity is grounded by the cultural relationships human communities have with species. A further analogy is drawn with the motivations of varietal nativists - who seek to protect native varieties of domesticated and cultivated species for the sake of their cultural value - to argue for the consideration of the cultural value of native species in environmental policy decisions regarding invasive non-native species.

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  • Paul Knights, 2008. "Native Species, Human Communities and Cultural Relationships," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 17(3), pages 353-373, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev17:ev1721
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    Species; culture; value; community;

    JEL classification:

    • D46 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Value Theory
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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