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Title: "From having no Herbarium." Local Knowledge versus Metropolitan Expertise: Joseph Hooker's Australasian Correspondence with William Colenso and Ronald Gunn 
Author: Endersby, Jim
Date: 2001-10
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Endersby J. 2001. "From having no herbarium." Local knowledge versus metropolitan expertise: Joseph Hooker's Australasian correspondence with William Colenso and Ronald Gunn. Pac Sci 55(4): 343-358.
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.
Although Bruno Latour's theory of cycles of accumulation proved useful for
analyzing the herbarium's role, in this article some ways in which his ideas
might be refined and modified are suggested.
ISSN: 0030-8870

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