Vegecultures and the social-biological transformations of plants and people
journal contributionposted on 2019-05-16, 11:51 authored by Huw Barton, Tim Denham
The social entanglements of vegetative reproduction are considered for three neighbouring tropical regions that are often considered to exhibit very different histories of plant exploitation during the Holocene: early and independent agricultural development on New Guinea; introduction of agriculture to Island Southeast Asia during the last 3000–4000 years; and, Australia as the ‘hunter–gatherer’ continent. Following recent reassessments that emphasise the commonalities of many plant exploitation practices across these three regions, the focus here is upon the shared vegetative disposition, or orientation, of people to plants. The intention is to provide insight on how people's awareness of the vegetative reproductive capacity of plants has been mutually constitutive for the production and reproduction of their social worlds, whether by groups ordinarily referred to as ‘hunter–gatherer’ or ‘horticulturalist’.
This research was funded by a British Academy/ACU Grant (RA11G0131) for International Collaboration and a British Academy Small Grant (RA11G0192). Thanks to Dr Peter J Matthews and Dr Yasuaki Sato for permission to use images for this paper. Tim Denham thanks Mike Bourke for sharing his knowledge of plant propagation practices in Papua New Guinea. Thanks also to the local communities who agreed to share their knowledge with us across Australia, Borneo and New Guinea.
CitationQuaternary International, 2018, 489, pp. 17-25 (9)
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Archaeology and Ancient History
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Published inQuaternary International
PublisherElsevier for International Union for Quaternary Research
Science & TechnologyPhysical SciencesGeography, PhysicalGeosciences, MultidisciplinaryPhysical GeographyGeologyVegecultureAsexual plant propagationTropical agricultureSocial-biological entanglementsIn situ plant managementTranslocationISLAND SOUTHEAST-ASIAPALM METROXYLON-SAGUPAPUA-NEW-GUINEABROUSSONETIA-PAPYRIFERAEARLY AGRICULTURERAIN-FORESTSDOMESTICATIONHIGHLANDSBORNEORICE