Placing the Wild in the City: "Thinking with" Melbourne's Bats

In: Society & Animals
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  • 1 University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Abstract

This paper uses academic and lay discourses to examine the ways in which "the city" is constructed in its relationship to "wildlife." The paper examines the negative and essentialized ways in which the city's relationship to wildlife has been represented in postcolonial theory and animal geography. The paper further explores these theoretical framings of the city in the empirical context of the relocation of an urban, flying fox colony, which provides opportunities to reconsider these bounded conceptualizations of the city.

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