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This book relates stories of everyday life revolving around small-scale urban gardens in Central Havana and focusing particularly on that of Marcelo, a seventy-four-year-old revolutionary and gardener. The urban gardens are contested spaces: though monitored and controlled by Cuban state institutions, they also offer possibilities of crafting life in resistance. The experiences the authors narrate are not 'thick descriptions,' linked to larger political issues, but rather rhizomatic observations that highlight the relationships between humans and non-humans within the nature-culture debate.…mehr

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This book relates stories of everyday life revolving around small-scale urban gardens in Central Havana and focusing particularly on that of Marcelo, a seventy-four-year-old revolutionary and gardener. The urban gardens are contested spaces: though monitored and controlled by Cuban state institutions, they also offer possibilities of crafting life in resistance. The experiences the authors narrate are not 'thick descriptions,' linked to larger political issues, but rather rhizomatic observations that highlight the relationships between humans and non-humans within the nature-culture debate. Using these experiences, the authors argue that 'the political' reaches beyond the affairs of state and governance and should be seen as an all-encompassing part of life. The authors thereby invite the social sciences to focus on the microscopic and the day-to-day to illuminate how the political affairs of lives can be imagined differently.


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  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Erscheinungstermin: 15.03.2019
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9783030126575
  • Artikelnr.: 56812706
Autorenporträt
Ola Plonska is an anthropologist and junior researcher affiliated with the department of social and cultural anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has published in journals such as the Journal for Cultural Research and is interested in human-nature relationships and the politics of food.

Younes Saramifar is the Post-doctoral Einstein Research Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His area of research is material culture of resistance movements and paramilitarism, as well as ecological crisis in precarious conditions of the Middle East.

Inhaltsangabe
Prologue: Whose Planet is it Anyway? Chapter 1. Introduction: Step into my Garden Anthropological Gardening The Map into the Garden
Chapter 2. Intervening, Correcting, Rewarding How It All Began Revolutionary Fruits and Ideologized Vegetalbes State Communism The Prettiest Garden in Town State Control of Society or Social Control of the State? Conclusion Chapter 3. The Garden The Politics of the Garden Small, Big, Wide and Narrow: The Urban Gardens of Havana Intimate Experiences Non-human Performances The Human-Non-human Relationship Caring Collaborations with Plants Children of the Gardenland A House is Not a Home Reverberating Gardents Tangling Them Together Chapter 4. Living in a Non-human's World The Nature We Live By Becoming the Garden(er) Freedom and Some Gentle Resistance The Intimate Quality of Being Bodily Learning Gently, Contested, Entangled Freedoms? Stories of Freedom Entangling Concluding Remarks Chapter 5. Conclusion: Finally, How Does Everything Grow Together?