Introduction: Storying Cultural and Biological Diversity

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    Abstract

    Developing upon emerging environmental humanities and multispecies anthropological theories, this book provides a fresh perspective on how we might rethink more-than-human relationality and why it is important to "nurture alternative futures." The diverse chapters examine the life trajectories of people, animals, plants, and microbes, their lived experiences and constituted relationality, offering new ways to reinterpret and reimagine a multi-species future in the current era of planetary crisis. The ethnographic case studies from around the world feature a combination of biological and cultural diversity with analyses that prioritize local and Indigenous modes of thinking. While engaging with Mongolian herders, Indigenous Yucatec Mayan, Congolese farmers, rural Pakistani donkey keepers, Australian heritage breed farmers, Croatian cheesemakers, Japanese oyster aquafarmers, Texan corn growers, Californian cannabis producers, or Hindu devotees to the Ganges River, the chapters offer a grounded anthropological understanding of imagining a future in relationality with other beings. The stories, lived experiences, and mutual worlding that this volume presents offer a portrayal of alternative forms of multispecies coexistence, rather than an anthropocentric future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNurturing Alternative Futures: Living with Diversity in a More-than-Human World
    Editors Muhammad A. Kavesh, Natasha Fijn
    Place of PublicationOxon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages1-14
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9781032563268
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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