Article ID: CBB880758193

Of stumps and stipes: Comparisons between the cultures and identities of Yorkshire cricket and mycology at the turn of the twentieth century (2021)


Mycology, the study of fungi, is a relatively young and underexplored discipline with a strong culture of field collection and study. The Yorkshire Mycological Committee (YMC) of the Yorkshire Naturalist's Union, formed in 1892, became the first permanent mycological organization within Great Britain. Well renowned and highly competent, the members of the YMC espoused a distinctive philosophy and practice of science that led them into a drawn-out conflict with the newly established British Mycological Society that continues to impact the practice of British field mycology today. This paper explores the philosophy, practice, and hierarchy of the Yorkshire mycologists and fungal collectors through the lens of their regional identity. To do so, it examines similarities and differences between the Yorkshire expressions of mycology and cricket around the turn of the twentieth century, with the latter already well established as a major vehicle for expressions of the region's identity. It argues that both activities stem from a distinct Yorkshire identity and culture that both superseded and intersected with other factors such as class and authority. In doing so, it highlights the importance of provincial identities and scientific movements in informing and influencing wider disciplinary philosophies and practices.

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Authors & Contributors
Tonn, Jenna
Nathan E. C. Smith
Cameron Brinitzer
Péter Tibor Nagy
Gladwell, Andrew
Turpin, Graham
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History and Anthropology
British Journal for the History of Science
Archives of Natural History
Journal of the History of Biology
University of Chicago Press
Pickering & Chatto
Palgrave Macmillan
British Psychological Society
Academic disciplines
Field work
Science and society
Discipline formation
Hogben, Lancelot Thomas
Huxley, Julian Sorell
Crossland, Charles
Soppitt, Henry Thomas
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
Yorkshire (England)
Bermuda Islands
Western states (U.S.)
United States
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
Society for Experimental Biology (Great Britain)
Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh)
Tennessee Valley Authority
Oxford University

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