[Taxacom] article on the decline of taxonomists

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Sep 10 06:07:28 CDT 2010

I suppose that "Further no capacities have been build in the
new countries." is mostly true, but that is very much part of
the problem. The time factor is not that conclusive, given
that decolonization did not happen all at once, and that there
is a delay in build-down of existing institutions.

It is very noticeable that if you want a book on trees in India
it is far easier to get a reprint of a British colonial book
than something contemporary. There is more literature on
(not-decolonized) New Caledonia than on a comparable decolonized

It won't be the sole factor, but it looks to be important.


-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Fabian Haas [mailto:fhaas at icipe.org]
Verzonden: vr 10-9-2010 12:49
Aan: dipteryx at freeler.nl
CC: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Onderwerp: Re: [Taxacom] article on the decline of taxonomists

  hmm never though about that! I tend to disagree, since the 'new'
countries were still trade partners and resources despite
de-colonisation. Further no capacities have been build in the new countries.
Also the loss of positions seem to be more severe from the 80ties
onwards, were most countries were independant about 20 years already.

So I de-colonisation seems not really a factor here.

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