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Counting SpeciesBiodiversity in Global Environmental Politics$
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Rafi Youatt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694112

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694112.001.0001

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Biopower, the Global Biodiversity Census, and the Escapes of Nonhuman Life

Biopower, the Global Biodiversity Census, and the Escapes of Nonhuman Life

Chapter:
(p.47) Chapter 2 Biopower, the Global Biodiversity Census, and the Escapes of Nonhuman Life
Source:
Counting Species
Author(s):

Rafi Youatt

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694112.003.0003

Chapter 2 focuses on the global biodiversity census started in the 1990s. It suggests that the biodiversity census is one example of the change in disciplinary power when nonhuman life explicitly becomes an object of political governance. While the census, aimed at conservation goals, has mixed outcomes, nonhuman species manage to disrupt biopolitical impulses towards smooth governing of populations in interesting ways.

Keywords:   Environmental politics, Biodiversity, Agency, Governance, Biopolitics, Heritage, Rewilding

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