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Troubling Classifications: Categorizing Chimeras and Enacting Species Preservation

Seminar   09.06.2009






Dr Carrie Friese, Lecturer in Sociology and the BIOS Centre , LSE

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University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ

Room no: GF7, Byrne House

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Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Troubling Classifications: Categorizing Chimeras and Enacting Species Preservation

This paper asks how chimeras, particularly puzzling biological organisms that have garnered significant attention as of late, are being officially classified in the specific situation of endangered species preservation. Based on a qualitative study of endeavors to clone endangered animals in the United States, I contend that biology alone cannot determine the classification of these interspecies organisms. Rather, categorizing chimeras requires metaphoric, schematic references to more familiar entities. Here culture and biology are tools for classification. Building on Adele Clarke’s method of positional mapping, I show that positions on classification represent an intermediary space between thought and action in discourse elaboration that shapes the meaning of endangered wildlife, the practices of preservation, and the materiality of endangered species.

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