Violent love: Conservation and invasive alien species

Krithika Srinivasan, Rajesh Kasturirangan

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Abstract

This chapter examines the abuse towards animals involved in the conservationist management of invasive alien species (IAS). It explores how the conservationist space of care becomes infused with discourses and practices that harm the very object of conservationist care—nonhuman nature. After outlining the prevalence and problematic nature of dominant approaches to IAS, the chapter draws on a Foucauldian analytical framework and literatures on the social construction of nature to explain and challenge the violent practices of care entailed in the management of those animals that are classified as IAS. The chapter concludes by arguing that the emphasis on collectivities of nonhuman life, such as biodiversity, and the invisibilisation of individual organisms allows for the displacement of responsibility from the human to the nonhuman and the abusive control that results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies
EditorsJ Maher, H Pierpoint, P Beirne
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-43183-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-43182-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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