Wired wilderness traces the evolution of the modern wildlife biologists field practices and shows how the intense interest of nonscientists at once constrained and benefited the field scholars of and researchers involved in wildlife management will find this history both fascinating and revealing. American wildlife biologists first began fitting animals with radio transmitters in the 1950s by the 1980s the practice had proven so useful to scientists and nonscientists alike that it became global wired wilderness is the first book length study of the origin evolution use and impact of these now commonplace tracking technologies. In wired wilderness etienne benson offers a thoughtful look at how radio tracking technologies came to alter the practices of wildlife biology and management in the post world war ii period in the opening chapter cold war game benson provides a much needed analysis of how electronic technologies of the cold war and the space age . Wired wilderness opens a window onto one aspect of a much more expansive landscape which environmental historians and historians of technology have yet to fully explore namely the logic and technologies of monitoring and surveillance that became instrumental to the infrastruc ture of postwar environmental science. Etienne benson wired wilderness technologies of tracking and the making of modern wildlife animals history culture ix 251 pp illus figs bibl index
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