Domestic Wild

41MSarpipbL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_“My argument is that the domestic wild emerges from gardening’s strange temporalities and the utopian, violent nature of its creaturely entanglements. The domestic wild involves encountering the wild in the familiar and, conversely, cultivating the familiar out of what appears wild. That is to say, the domestic wild only comes about in places that are dwelt thickly, over time – it is not simply a tamer version of bigger, bolder nature spaces. I am interested not just in how species come together in the garden, but in how the garden works according to multiple temporalities: as a cross-kingdom exchange between plants and humans stretching way back in deep time; as pervaded by myth, story and history; as animated by the imagination of the future and the weight of the past. The book explores how gardeners inherit the material remains, stories and traces from the past, and how they transform these living histories through forward-looking experiments.”

Read the introduction.

Emerging from my PhD research (2006-10) into the everyday philosophies and practices of domestic gardening in greater London, the book brings together a series of publications:

Sticky lives – slugs, detachment and more-than-human ethics in the garden

Death, absence and afterlife in the garden

Dig for Victory! New histories of wartime gardening

Urban greening and sustaining urban natures in London, in Lees L and Imrie R eds, Sustainable London? The future of a global city, Bristol: Policy Press, 283-302

 

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