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Doubling terms, like “native”

In thinking critically about the capacity of “native” to refer both to plants and people—or of terms like “diversity” to shift from botanical to managerial discourse—it is easy to focus on the role of metaphors—words that transposes one well-known domain … Continue reading

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Are Natives Plants or People?

How is it that “native” identifies both humans and nonhumans? “Indigenous” does this, too. Two key words for thinking about racial identity today both have long careers in referring principally to plants. This capacity and history makes some people nervous, … Continue reading

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