Moveable Gardens: Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory

Moveable Gardens: Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory

Moveable Gardens: Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory

Moveable Gardens: Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory



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Moveable Gardens explores how biodiversity and food can counter the alienation caused by displacement. By offering in-depth studies on a variety of regions, this volume carefully considers various forms of sanctuary making within communities, and seeks to address how carrying seeds, plants, and other traveling companions is an ongoing response to the grave conditions of displacement in today’s world. The destruction of homelands, fragmentation of habitats, and post-capitalist conditions of modernity are countered by thoughtful remembrance of tradition and the migration of seeds, which are embodied in gardening, cooking, and community building.

Moveable Gardens highlights itineraries and sanctuaries in an era of massive dislocation, addressing concerns about finding comforting and familiar refuges in the Anthropocene. The worlds of marginalized individuals who live in impoverished rural communities, many Indigenous peoples, and refugees are constantly under threat of fracturing. Yet, in every case, there is resilience and regeneration as these individuals re-create their worlds through the foods, traditions, and plants they carry with them into their new realities.

This volume offers a new understanding of the performances and routines of sociality in the face of daunting market forces and perilous climate transformations. These traditions sustained our ancestors, and they may suffice to secure a more meaningful, diverse future. By delving into the nature of nostalgia, burrowing into memory and knowledge, and embracing the specific wonders of each deeply rooted or newly displaced community, endlessly valuable ways of being and understanding can be preserved.

Contributors: Guntra A. Aistara, Aida Curtis, Terese V. Gagnon, John Hartigan Jr., Tracey Heatherington, Taylor Hosmer, Hayden S. Kantor, Melanie Narciso, Virginia D. Nazarea, Emily F. Ramsey, Krishnendu Ray, David Sutton, James R. Veteto, Marc N. Williams


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816543021
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 320
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Virginia D. Nazarea is a professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia. She has written or edited several books on biodiversity, most recently Heirloom Seeds and Their Keepersand Seeds of Resistance, Seeds of Hope.

Terese Gagnon is a PhD candidate at Syracuse University, where she is writing her dissertation in dialogue with Karen individuals from Myanmar, exploring relationships between people, plants, and sensory politics in forced migration and exile.

Table of Contents

Cover Title page Copyright Dedication Epigraph Contents Foreword / John Hartigan Jr. Introduction: Yearning and Tending amid Change / Virginia D. Nazarea and Terese V. Gagnon PARTI. ITINERARIES 1. Affective Ecologies: Karen-Plant Companionships across Borders / Terese V. Gagnon 2. The Body as Threshold: Altars, Memory, and Movement in the Persian New Year Celebration of Nowrooz / Aida Curtis 3. People and Foods in Motion: Agricultural Dislocations and Culinary Remembrances in Bihar, India / Hayden S. Kantor 4. Tomatoes Out of Time: Multispecies Biopolitics and Multiethnic Socialities in Postsocialist Europe / Guntra A. Aistara 5. Mead Circles as Roving Sanctuaries of Celebration, Communion, and Learning / James R. Veteto and Marc N. Williams PART II. SANCTUARIES 6. Revivifying Commensality: Eating, Politics, and the Sensory Production of the Social / David Sutton 7. The Tale of Cathead Biscuits: An Ethnobiography / Taylor Hosmer 8. Terms of Endurance: Conservation of Traditional Varieties in Pampanga Rice Fields, Kitchens, and Senses / Melanie Narciso 9. Havens against the Blight: Daydreaming Agriculture in the Future Past / Tracey Heatherington 10. Red Ripe and Fried Green: The Work of Tomatoes in Tomato Festivals across the Southeast / Emily F. Ramsey 11. Ontologies of Return: Terms of Endearment and Entanglements / Virginia D. Nazarea Epilogue. On Ethnotheory: Not Forgetting Other Peoples’ Ideas about the World / Krishnendu Ray Contributors Index
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