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Care of the SpeciesRaces of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity$
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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.001.0001

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Species Don’t Exist

Species Don’t Exist

Theorizing Life Forms

(p.187) 7 Species Don’t Exist
Care of the Species

John Hartigan Jr.

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Seven samples my various discussions with botanists about how the species concept holding up. Their answers are consistently surprising, provocative and insightful. Taxonomists, I learn, are radically constructivist in their approach—though their work involves highly detailed and exacting identification of species. They increasingly vie against geneticists who promote identifying species by molecular analysis.

Keywords:   Multispecies plants nonhumans ethnography race science studies taxonomy biodiversity

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