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Plants Matter

Exploring the Becomings of Plants and People

This book redefines plants as more than something to be consumed by humans.

Plants are often presented as resources for us to use. This book challenges that perspective by demonstrating other ways that plants matter. By turning away from the idea that humanity calls all the shots, this book reminds the reader that plants instrumentally influence and organize our lives by shaping choices and beliefs.

224 pages | 9 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2023

Materialities in Anthropology and Archaeology

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Earth Sciences: Environment

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Table of Contents

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List of contributors
Chapter 1: Introduction: Talking of (and with) (the materiality of) plants
Luci Attala and Louise Steel
Chapter 2: The materiality of plants: Plant–people entanglements
Marijke van der Veen
Chapter 3: Plants as medicine in the Anthropocene
Sarah E. Edwards
Chapter 4: The world tree: humans, trees and creation on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Falk Parra Witte
Chapter 5: Composing with plants: Discerning their call
Julie Laplante and Kañaa
Chapter 6: The matter of knowing plant medicine as ecology: Changemaking in the Anthropocene
Guy Waddell
Chapter 7: Escaping to the garden and tasting life
Sarah Page
Chapter 8: ‘The crop that ruled our lives’: Memories of tobacco among former growers in Australia
Andrew Russell

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