Crisis in Nature’s Eden: Conserving Nature and Culture in the Galápagos Islands Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Hennessy, Elizabeth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • The Galápagos Islands are often referred to as a natural laboratory or evolutionary Eden--one of the world's few remaining bastions of pristine nature. Yet the images such depictions evoke stand in stark contrast to recent declarations of a crisis brought on by increases in tourism, migration, and invasive species that threaten the archipelago's unusual biodiversity and the very isolation that allowed for its evolution. In popular presentations, this crisis is framed as a classic battle of Man against Nature. However, drawing on research conducted in the islands over the past three summers, I challenge such framings of the crisis, arguing that frameworks that purify Nature and Culture are not only poor descriptions of the current crisis in the Galápagos Islands, but are themselves productive of the crisis.
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