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A Zero-Sum Politics of Identification: A Topological Analysis of Wildlife Advocacy Rhetoric in the Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Project.

Published on Jul 1, 2019in Written Communication1.219
· DOI :10.1177/0741088319842566
Lynda Walsh8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)
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As climate change contracts our environment, bringing human and nonhuman communities into increased contact and conflict over scarce resources, advocacy rhetoric is making a related shift, from rai...
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