- The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Material Culture Studies: a Reactionary View
- The Material‐Cultural Turn: Event and Effect
- Material Geographies
- Material Culture in Folklife Studies
- Material Histories
- The Materials of STS
- Material Culture and the Dance of Agency
- Fieldwork and Collecting
- Gifts and Exchange
- Art as Action, Art as Evidence
- Archaeological Assemblages and Practices of Deposition
- Technology and Material Life
- The Malice of Inanimate Objects: Material Agency
- From Identity and Material Culture to Personhood and Materiality
- Materiality and Embodiment
- Material Culture in Primates
- Cultural Landscapes
- Ecological landscapes
- Urban materialities: meaning, magnitude, friction, and outcomes
- Architecture and cultural history
- Households and ‘Home Cultures’
- Stone Tools
- The Landscape Garden as Material Culture: Lessons from France
- Built Objects
- Ceramics (As Containers)
- Magical Things: on Fetishes, Commodities, and Computers
- Afterword: <i>Fings Ain't Wot they Used t' be</i>: Thinking Through Material Thinking as Placing and Arrangement
Abstract and Keywords
This article sets out to unsettle some of the most taken for granted co-ordinates of landscapes in general and cities in particular that, if nothing else, we are safe in assuming them to be exclusively human achievements. Ecological landscapes are the focus of this article. It begins by exploring recent geographical thinking about ecological landscapes worked through diverse conversations with other disciplines — notably anthropology, and science and technology studies. Here the article highlights developments in the broad areas of phenomenology, affect, and biophilosophy in order to describe some key shifts in cultural geography's handling of materiality. Through this engagement with ecological landscapes and urban natures, the main aim of this article is to demonstrate the importance of reconsidering materials less as the passive stuff of which landscapes are made and more as energetic constituents in their fabrication. The second part explores the implications of such perspectives about new urban ecologies and landscaping practices.
Sarah Whatmore is Professor of Environment and Public Policy, University of Oxford.
Steve Hinchliffe is Reader in Environmental Geography at Open University.
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