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Seedways: The Circulation, Control and Care of Plants in a Warming World
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9371-4261
2021 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book is about seeds and why and how seeds matter today, as in the past. Under the main headings Biopower, Agrobiodiversity, Circulation/mobility, and Seeds and their caretakers, the human-seed relationship is explored from different viewpoints. In a historical perspective the co-evolution of plants and humans can be traced through myths, rituals and cultural practices. In our present-day world of accelerating climate change, expansion of monocultural plantations and loss of biodiversity, collecting, saving and securing seeds has become a global concern. The ritual significance of seeds, seed control and agricultural development, and official policies versus cultural practices are among the themes discussed. Engaging with seeds also raises critical political questions about control over the material basis of our existence, that is, the main food crops.

The volume is the result of a two-day international symposium held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in Stockholm 2018.

Authors: Guntra A. Aistara, Kaj Århem, Roy Ellen, L. Jamila Haider, Tracey Heatherington, Bengt G. Karlsson, Dolly Kikon, Matti W. Leino, Birgit Müller, Rebecca Öhnfeldt, Annika Rabo, Ola Tveitereid Westengen & Rami Zurayk

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Stockholm: Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien , 2021. , p. 237
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Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien Konferenser, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 104
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seed, climate change, crop improvement, power, agrarian change
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-199735OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-199735DiVA, id: diva2:1619835
Available from: 2021-12-14 Created: 2021-12-14 Last updated: 2021-12-14Bibliographically approved

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