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    Introduction to special issue on coexistence with Reptiles

    Pooley, Simon (2024) Introduction to special issue on coexistence with Reptiles. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    Coexistence with reptiles? Surely a preposterous idea! For the common perception of reptiles is that they are primitive life forms, cold-blooded, anti-social, emotionless, vicious and not infrequently dangerous. Well, in this special issue we show that coexistence between particular human communities and particular reptiles exists. We suggest there is something to be learned about what is possible, to widen the bandwidth of what is conceivable concerning communities of humans and of reptiles sharing the same landscapes. The introduction focuses on two major topics. First, the nature of reptiles and the sorry (but improving) state of the study of reptiles and perceptions of their capabilities. Second, on what we mean by coexistence with wildlife, and how studying coexistence might improve our civility to other kinds of creatures in the future.


    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Coexistence, human-wildlife interactions, reptiles, crocodiles, snakes, komodo dragons
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Simon Pooley
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2024 16:25
    Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 16:25


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