Taxonomic imperialism in the battles for Acacia: Identity and science in South Africa and Australia

  title={Taxonomic imperialism in the battles for Acacia: Identity and science in South Africa and Australia},
  author={Jane Carruthers and Libby Robin},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa},
  pages={48 - 64}
  • J. Carruthers, L. Robin
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Sociology
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa
ABSTRACT This review analyses the retypification of Acacia Mill. by the International Botanical Congress in 2005, from an African type to an Australian one. It explores the cultural, historical and trans-national context of what proved much more than a routine scientific decision. It contributes to a growing critique of historian Alfred Crosby's thesis Ecological Imperialism, and provides a historical review of the ecological literature leading to the discipline of invasion biology in South… 
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