The botanizers : amateur scientists in nineteenth-century America /
Elizabeth B. Keeney.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1992.
xii, 206 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0807820466 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1992.
0807820466 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-195) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
Keeney's treatise in the history of science deals with the development of professionalism in science in North America. Botany, as a particularly inexpensive and accessible science, drew great numbers of amateurs in North America during the middle decades of the 19th century. Keeney traces the influences on and the direction of these amateur botanists and the rise of professionalism in science as academic positions came to be the primary focus of the "new botany." She discusses the central figures and organizations in science and education that helped to shape the field, and includes a chapter on botany and gender. Not a book about the people who practiced botany but, rather, a book about the context in which botany moved from a pursuit of health, personal improvement, and a tool to sharpen the mind, to the realm of a profession with a particular prescribed curriculum. In this endeavor, Keeney succeeds in givng us insight into science in America in its formative years. Advanced undergradaute through faculty. D. H. Pfister; Harvard University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-09:
During the 19th century, tens of thousands of ``botanizers'' collected, identified, preserved, and exchanged specimens with one another. At the time, science was pursued primarily for personal enrichment, and a productive informational network existed between the amateur and the expert. Keeney, dean of academic advising at Kenyon College and formerly an instructor of science history at Harvard, investigates the rise in popularity of botanizing and its eventual divergence from the activities of professional scientists. During this critical historical period, a shift in focus from natural history to biology dramatically changed the character of botanical study in America. This extensively researched, well-organized, and concisely written study is appropriate for special and academic library collections.-- Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Substantial. . . . A good reminder of how much natural history has both reflected and contributed to the American psyche.Natural History
Substantial. . . . A good reminder of how much natural history has both reflected and contributed to the American psyche. Natural History
Like the botanists she studies, Keeney relishes the small details and makes them part of a larger story. Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota
Like the botanists she studies, Keeney relishes the small details and makes them part of a larger story.Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota
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Keeney examines the role of botany in the lives of nineteenth-century 'botanizers,' amateur scientists who collected, identified, and preserved plant specimens as a pastime. Using popular magazines, fiction, and autobiographies of the day, she explores the popular culture of this avocation, which attracted both men and women by the thousands.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Botanizingp. 9
Information Networks in the Botanical Communityp. 22
Botanizing and Self-Improvementp. 38
Children, Education, and Amateur Botanyp. 51
Gender and Botanyp. 69
Botanizing and the Invention of Leisurep. 83
Natural Theology and Amateur Botanyp. 99
Botany and the Rhetoric of Utilityp. 112
The Triumph of Professionalizationp. 123
The Nature-Study Movement: The Legacy of Amateur Botanyp. 135
Couclusionp. 146
Notesp. 151
Indexp. 197
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