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Title:'Our beautiful and useful allies': aspects of ornithology in twentieth century South Africa
Author:Carruthers, JaneISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:49
Issue:1
Pages:89-109
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:environment
birds
history
1900-1999
Abstract:Interrogating the nexus between science and society is a growing field in the social sciences because it can be useful in illuminating national and group identity as well as showing how scientific thought mirrors society's concerns and contours. This article discusses aspects of ornithology in South Africa during the first half of the 20th century that may contribute to this discussion, in particular to environmental thinking. Discussion centres on local versus international knowledge structures and institutional power (the periphery and the metropole), whether the role and discourse of amateurs competes with or complements the endeavours of professional scientists and to what extent it might be difficult to sustain local non-governmental conservation and scientific organizations. The article also suggests relationships between South African ornithologists and the United States of America, Africa, and Australia. While not solely biographical in focus, the role of some leading South African figures in ornithology is explored. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]
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