'From having no herbarium.' Local knowledge versus metropolitan expertise: Joseph Hooker's Australasian correspondence with William Colenso and Ronald Gunn

Endersby, Jim (2001) 'From having no herbarium.' Local knowledge versus metropolitan expertise: Joseph Hooker's Australasian correspondence with William Colenso and Ronald Gunn. Pacific Science, 55 (4). pp. 343-358. ISSN 0030-8870

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Abstract

Between 1844 and 1860, Joseph Dalton Hooker, published a series of major floras of the southern oceans, including the first floras of Tasmania and New Zealand. These books were essential to establishing his scientific reputation. However, despite having visited the countries he described, Hooker relied on a large network of unpaid, colonial collectors to supply him with specimens. A study of his relationship with two of these collectors ¿ Ronald Campbell Gunn and William Colenso ¿ reveals warm friendships but also complex negotiations over individual authority, plant-naming and the status of local knowledge. The herbarium played a crucial role in mediating these negotiations, and while Bruno Latour¿s theory of cycles of accumulation proves useful for analyzing the herbarium¿s role, this essay suggests some ways in which his ideas might be refined and modified.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU History of Oceania (South Seas)
Depositing User: Jim Endersby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:34
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 11:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17163
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