American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species by Peter Coates
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American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species
By Peter Coates

American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species

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American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species by Peter Coates

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Sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose, humans have transported plants and animals to new habitats around the world. Arriving in ever-increasing numbers to American soil, recent invaders have competed with, preyed on, hybridized with, and carried diseases to native species, transforming our ecosystems and creating anxiety among environmentalists and the general public. But is American anxiety over this crisis of ecological identity a recent phenomenon? Charting shifting attitudes to alien species since the 1850s, Peter Coates brings to light the rich cultural and historical aspects of this story by situating the history of immigrant flora and fauna within the wider context of human immigration. Through an illuminating series of particular invasions, including the English sparrow and the eucalyptus tree, what he finds is that we have always perceived plants and animals in relation to ourselves and the polities to which we belong. Setting the saga of human relations with the environment in the broad context of scientific, social, and cultural history, this thought-provoking book demonstrates how profoundly notions of nationality and debates over race and immigration have shaped American understandings of the natural world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520249301
ISBN-10: 0520249305
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 266
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Coates

Peter Coates is Reader in American and Environmental History in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. Among his books is Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times (UC Press).

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