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Nature General

Intertwined Histories

Plants in Their Social Contexts

edited by Jim Ellis

Publisher
University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
May 2019
Category
General, General, Plants & Animals
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773850900
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $15.99

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How do we understand the boundaries of individual creatures?

What are the systems of interdependency that bind all living creatures together?

Plants were amoung the the first to colonize the planet. They created the soil and the atmosphere that made life possible for animals. They are some of the largest and oldest life forms on Earth. In spite of their primacy, Western cultures have traditionally regarded plants as the lowest life forms, lacking mobility, sensation, and communication. But recent research argues that plants move and respond to their environment, communicate with each other, and form partnerships with other species.

Art, poetry, and essays by cultural anthropologists, experimental plant biologists, philosophers, botanists and foresters expose the complex interactions of the vibrant living world around us and give us a lens through which we can explore our intertwined histories.

About the author

Jim Ellis is Professor of English and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. He has written widely on art, literatue and film, and has served on the boards of Truck Gallery and Calgary Cinematheque.

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