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Entre nature et culture : l'insecte de collection

Yves Delaporte 1, *
Abstract : Between nature and culture: the collected insect
The collection of insects, be it exhibited in the amateur's living-room or stacked on the shelves of the Entomology Laboratory of the National Museum of Natural History, is one of those falsy banal objects which must be examinated from a distance. As a matter of fact, a collection does not only present a naturalist relevance but also an anthropological relevance. It does not amount to a simple gathering of small dried up corpses : it is also a system of signs, whose items ended up in this system by·means of a long chain of operations penetrated by multiple cultural elements.
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Yves Delaporte. Entre nature et culture : l'insecte de collection. Anthropozoologica, 1994, pp.17-28. ⟨halshs-00089217⟩

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