Portal to the Lesser White-fronted Goose

- by the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose project

Literature type: Scientific

Journal: Ibis

Volume: 160 , Pages: 703-705.

DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12605

Language: English

Full reference: Zhao, Q, Wang, X., Cao, L. & Fox, A.D. 2018. Why Chinese wintering geese hesitate to exploit farmland. Ibis 160: 703-705. https://www.dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12605

Keywords: China, farmland feeding, habitat shift, human, disturbance, Yangtze River, habitat loss, population trends

Literature type: Scientific

Journal: Environmental Humanities

Volume: 3 , Pages: 1-24.

Language: English

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Full reference: Reinert, H. 2013. The Care of Migrants: Telemetry and the Fragile Wild. Environmental Humanities 3: 1-24.

Keywords: conservation, biopolitics, essay, human-nonhuman relations


Drawing on a multi-sited study of transnational efforts to safeguard the highly endangered Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus), the text develops an argument about a certain “biopolitics of the wild”—a particular mode of governing nonhuman life, rooted in certain conditions of visibility and engagement. As a wild avian population, the Lessers are known and managed primarily through practices of asymmetrical intimacy, such as field observation and telemetry. These practices, in turn, determine the emergence of biopower in a specific modality, as a power that takes hold of its object—and generates it— in a mode of constitutive withdrawal. Outlining the shape and parameters of this withdrawn presence, the essay locates “the wild” at a complex, awkward juncture in contemporary human-nonhuman relations: simultaneously an object of control and withdrawal, absence and intimacy, wildness and impurity; a site of complex and intractable controversies—but also, perhaps, of hope.

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