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Critical Invasion Science: Weeds, Pests, and Aliens

  • Christian A. Kull
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Abstract

The study of invasive plants and animals calls strongly for a critical approach due to the deeply social nature of invasion landscapes, the power relations affecting the science of invasions, and the differential impacts of weed or pest control on lives and landscapes. I first explore what a “critical” invasion science means. Then I investigate several aspects of invasion science ripe for critical analysis: the history of the science (to understand what the science is doing and why), the terminology and categories of analysis, and the highly contested social, political, and ethical context within which invasion management takes place. I conclude with four proposals for further work in critical invasion science and examples of the types of questions it might ask.

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  • Christian A. Kull
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  1. 1.Institut de géographie et durabilité, Université de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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