Journal article

A native at home and abroad: the history, politics, ethics and aesthetics of acacias

Jane Carruthers, Libby Robin, Johan P Hattingh, Christian A Kull, Haripriya Rangan, Brian W van Wilgen

Diversity and Distributions | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

Aim Anthropogenic introductions of Australian Acacia spp. that become classed as alien invasive species have consequences besides the physical, spatial and ecological: there are also cultural, ethical and political considerations that demand attention from scholars in the humanities and social sciences. As practitioners in these disciplines, our aim is to reflect upon some of the social and conceptual ideas and attitudes relating to the spread of Australian Acacia spp. around the world. We therefore provide a longer-term historical and philosophical perspective using South Africa as a key example. We explain some of the cultural aspects of Australian acacias, relating them to history, philos..

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