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Reference: Ladle, RJ and Jepson, PR, (2008). Toward a biocultural theory of avoided extinction. Conservation Letters.Citable link to this page:


Toward a biocultural theory of avoided extinction

Abstract: Avoiding extinction is one of the main aims of the global conservation movement and its study has historically been dominated by ecological thinking about the consequences of small population size and the identification of the proximate causes of population decline. Here we argue that any successful theorization on avoiding extinction has to look beyond ecology to incorporate the behavior of conservationists, conservation organizations, and other societal actors. We develop a “biocultural” framework based on a typology of extinction that emphasizes the different meanings and power of the term and discuss how these might inform more effective global conservation policy and practice. Seen through a biocultural perspective, we argue that extinction will only be effectively reduced when scientific evidence, cultural frames, institutional frameworks, and organizational interests align.

Peer Review status:Peer reviewedPublication status:PublishedVersion:Publisher's versionNotes:©2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License. This is the publisher's version of the article. The final version is available online from Wiley at: [10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00016.x]

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Journal: Conservation Letterssee more from them

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Issue Date: 2008-06-28Identifiers

Urn: uuid:fb1f4da3-b11a-49fa-8a88-bed44f2d4e3d

Source identifier: 607747

Eissn: 1755-263X

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Type: Journal article;

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: Advocacy extinction interdisciplinary local extinction social science Tiny URL: pubs:607747


Author: Ladle, RJ - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, SOGE - - - Jepson, PR - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, SOG



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