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Governing the WildEcotours of Power$
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Stephanie Rutherford

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674404

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674404.001.0001

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Ordering Nature at the American Museum of Natural History

Ordering Nature at the American Museum of Natural History

(p.1) Chapter 1 Ordering Nature at the American Museum of Natural History
Governing the Wild

Stephanie Rutherford

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Biodiversity works to produce a certain form of “truth” about nature by exploring both what is memorialized and, in the act of remembering, what is forgotten. It assesses what is made legitimate for display and how it is organized, how the visitor's gaze is constructed, and how power and education intersect in the Hall of Biodiversity. It argues that the exhibit tells the “truth” of the world through science and display, providing characteristic ways of seeing nature, generating biopolitical maps of biodiversity, reinforcing particular narratives of nature and culture, and constructing green subjectivities. It therefore operates as a producer, instrument, and means for the circulation of particular kinds of green governmentality.

Keywords:   Hall of Biodiversity, nature, biodiversity, biopolitical maps, green governmentality

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