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Care of the SpeciesRaces of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity$
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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.001.0001

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How to Interview a Plant

How to Interview a Plant

Ethnography of Life Forms

(p.253) 9 How to Interview a Plant
Care of the Species

John Hartigan Jr.

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Nine details my efforts to shift the ethnographic focus of this work onto the plants themselves. I narrate this through a nine-step, “how to” process, one that deploys “thin description” while confronting the problem of “plant blindness” and considering the ideal of “living thinking” as a means of knowing life forms.

Keywords:   Multispecies plants nonhumans ethnography race science studies taxonomy biodiversity

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