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Australia Imagined In Biological Control

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This chapter takes biological control research as its object of investigation, analyzing the ways in which such research is entwined with Australian culture, and taking issue with a traditional view that considers science to be positioned outside of culture. It argues that the detachment of science from culture is more ideological than actual. The chapter focuses particularly on the ways in which biological control research is narrated and performed in communication with the non-scientist. Biological control is an international scientific discourse and practice that aims to reduce the impact of species perceived as pests, by means of the introduction of ‘natural enemies’ of various kinds. These natural enemies are often animal species, for example arthropods that attack weeds. In cultural representations, biological control research articulates the relationship between humans and animals in particular ways.

Keywords: animal species; Australian culture; biological control research; humans; natural environment; science



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