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Cultural geographies of extinction: animal culture amongst Scottish ospreys

Garlick, Ben (2018) Cultural geographies of extinction: animal culture amongst Scottish ospreys. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

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Abstract

This paper explores cultural geographies of extinction. I trace the decline of the Scottish osprey during the nineteenth century, and its enduring, haunting presence in the landscape today. Taking inspiration from the environmental humanities, extinction is framed as an event affecting losses that exceed comprehension in terms merely of biological species numbers and survival rates. Disavowing the ‘species thinking’ of contemporary conservation biopolitics, the osprey’s extinction story pays attention to the worth of ‘animal cultures’. Drawing a hybrid conceptual framework from research in the environmental humanities, ‘speculative’ ethology and more-than-human geographies, I champion an experimental attention to the cultural geographies of animals in terms of historically contingent, communally shared, spatial practices and attachments. In doing so, I propose nonhuman cultural geographies as assemblages that matter, and which are fundamentally at stake in the face of extinction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Garlick, Ben (2018) Cultural geographies of extinction: animal culture amongst Scottish ospreys. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers which has been published in final form at https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/tran.12268 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12268
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3306

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