Native species, human communities and cultural relationships

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. © 2008 The White Horse Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-373
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


  • Community
  • Culture
  • Species
  • Value


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