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The Sociology of Horseshoe Crabs: A Lecture by Lisa Jean Moore

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The Sociology of Horseshoe Crabs and the Humans who Use Them: A Talk by Lisa Jean Moore

Professor Moore explores the interspecies relationships between humans and horseshoe crabs – our multiple sites of entanglement and enmeshment. Humans have literally harvested the life out of horseshoe crabs for multiple purposes; we interpret them for understanding geologic time, we bleed them for biomedical applications, we eat them as delicacies, we rescue them for conservation, we capture them as bait, and we categorize them as endangered after having once collected them for agricultural fertilizer. On the other hand, the crabs make humans matter by revealing our species vulnerability to endotoxins, offering career opportunities, profiting off of crab bodies, and fertilizing the soil of agricultural harvest for human food.

Dr. Lisa Jean Moore is the author of Catch and Release and a Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at SUNY Purchase.

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