Weedy Life: Coloniality, Decoloniality, and Tropicality

Henry, Rosita, Ramoutsaki, Helen, Long, Debbi, Acciaioli, Greg, Foale, Simon, Pocock, Celmara, McBain-Rigg, Kris, and Wood, Michael (2023) Weedy Life: Coloniality, Decoloniality, and Tropicality. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 22 (1). pp. 236-269.

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Respect for any form of life entails nurturing all the potentialities proper to it, including those that might be unproductive from the human point of view. Are there lessons to be learnt about decolonisation of the tropics from a focus on ‘weeds’? The contributors to this photo-essay collectively consider here the lessons that can be learnt about the relationship between colonisation and decolonisation through a visual focus on life forms that have been defined as weeds and, consequently, subject to a contradictory politics of care, removal, and control – of germinating, blooming, and cutting. The essay demonstrates the continuing colonial tensions between aesthetic and practical evaluations of many plants and other lifeforms regarded as ‘invasive’ or ‘out of place’. It suggests a decolonial overcoming of oppositions. By celebrating alliances of endemics and ‘weeds’ regeneratively living together in patterns of complex diversity, we seek to transcend policies of differentiation, exclusion and even eradication rooted in colonial ontology.

Item ID: 80612
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: coloniality, decoloniality, weeds, more-than-human-lives, tropicality
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2023 22:41
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 45%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 5%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 50%
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