To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Conservation & Biodiversity  Conservation & Biodiversity: General

Counting Species Biodiversity in Global Environmental Politics

By: Rafi Youatt(Author)
198 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 1 table
How has the idea of biodiversity reconstructed political realities?
Counting Species
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Counting Species ISBN: 9780816694143 Paperback Feb 2015 In stock
  • Counting Species ISBN: 9780816694112 Hardback Feb 2015 Out of Print #221647
Selected version: £23.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

Three decades of biodiversity governance have largely failed to stop the ongoing environmental crisis of global species loss. Yet that governance has resulted in undeniably important political outcomes. In Counting Species, Rafi Youatt argues that the understanding of global biodiversity has produced a distinct vision and politics of nature, one that is bound up with ideas about species, norms of efficiency, and apolitical forms of technical management.

Since its inception in the 1980s, biodiversity's political power has also hinged on its affiliation with a series of political concepts. Biodiversity was initially articulated as a moral crime against the intrinsic value of all species. In the 1990s and early 2000s, biodiversity shifted toward an association with service provision in a globalizing world economy before attaching itself more recently to the discourses of security and resilience.

Even as species extinctions continue, biodiversity's role in environmental governance has become increasingly abstract. Yet the power of global biodiversity is eventually always localized and material when it encounters nonhuman life. In these encounters, Youatt finds reasons for optimism, tracing some of the ways that nonhuman life has escaped human social means. Counting Species compellingly offers both a political account of global biodiversity and a unique approach to political agency across the human–nonhuman divide.


Introduction: Biodiversity, Agency, and Environmental Politics

1. The Awful Symmetry of Biodiversity Hotspots
2. Biopower, the Global Biodiversity Census, and the Escapes of Nonhuman Life
3. World Heritage Sites, Rocks, and Biocultural Diversity
4. Urban Biodiversity in New York City and the New Rewilding

Conclusion: Agency Revisited and the Future of Biodiversity

Appendix: Mixed-Criteria World Heritage Sites

Customer Reviews


Rafi Youatt is assistant professor of politics at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York.

By: Rafi Youatt(Author)
198 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 1 table
How has the idea of biodiversity reconstructed political realities?
Media reviews

"Counting Species is a compelling book, and I would recommend it for the elegance, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity of Rafi Youatt's reflection and writing. The book contributes in interesting and original ways to all the fields that it traverses; and successfully weaves high-level theoretical engagements through thoroughly-researched empirical material."
– Charlotte Epstein, University of Sydney

Current promotions
New and Forthcoming BooksNHBS Moth TrapBritish Wildlife MagazineBuyers Guides