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Placing animals in the Plantationocene : The plantation after/lives of nutria in Eastern Germany


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Adolphi, Lukas ; Fleischmann, Larissa:
Placing animals in the Plantationocene : The plantation after/lives of nutria in Eastern Germany.
In: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. (4. Juni 2024). - 22 S.
ISSN 2514-8486


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Nutria (Myocastor coypus), also known as coypu or ‘river rats’, are big semi-aquatic rodents that originate from South America and were shipped to Europe for fur production in the late 1800s. Today, the animals live in wild populations in many places around the globe. One of these places is the Eastern German city of Halle is where they have been able to establish themselves in large populations along the river Saale. This article situates the history and presence of nutria in Eastern Germany in the Plantationocene. The Plantationocene concept regards the plantation as a structuring feature of our present. In the plantation, humans and nonhumans are separated, hierarchically ordered and exploited along different power axes, so that standardised, scalable production becomes possible. In this sense, we argue that the nutria farms of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) followed plantation logics that resembled that of ‘actual’ plantations and that exploited their forced animal labour for fur production. With German reunification, however, nutria lost their economic value and, in many cases, were simply released to save on ‘disposal costs’. Outside the nutria farms, they developed plantation afterlives, where similar logics continued to exert violence on their bodies, such as in their recent classification as ‘invasive alien species’, but were also challenged in a number of ways. Taking cue from recent discussions on the Plantationocene, this article can be considered as an intervention and invitation to move beyond the plantation in the literal sense of the term, so as to study how the Plantationocene works across different species, spaces and times, while being attentive to its limitations.

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Schlagwörter:Animals; Anthropocene; capitalist natures; geography; wildlife management
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Mathematisch-Geographische Fakultät > Geographie > Arbeitsgruppe Humangeographie
DOI / URN / ID:10.1177/25148486241256547
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Ja
Verlag:Sage Publications Inc
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Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am: 18. Jun 2024 14:06
Letzte Änderung: 26. Jun 2024 13:33
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