Non-Human Agencies: Trees in Place and Time

  • Owain JonesEmail author
  • Paul Cloke


Moby sings “we are all made of stars”. He does this on the basis that all the complex atomic elements which go to make up the earth, and life on the earth, were produced by the nuclear fusion of distant, ancient stars, that exploded, scattering the elements into vast stellar dust/gas clouds which, eons later, got compressed and formed planets, then the life on them. Relational materiality can be problematically all-embracing and far-reaching, but it is quite clear that the social aspect is thoroughly dependent on the life – making capacities of a whole range of natural processes which are articulated through various forms, flows and exchanges of energy and matter/materiality. We depend utterly for life on our own sun, on the biosphere systems of atmospheric regulation, on gravity, on the magnetic field of the earth (maintained by the fluid molten iron core of the earth), on the billions upon billions of microbes both in our bodies and in the soil, on insects, on plants, on...


Urban Green Space Actor Network Theory Burial Ground Material Presence Anthropocentric View 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Economic and Social Research Counsil for their research on “Arbori-cultures: the significance of trees to places”(R000237083)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Countryside and Community Research InstituteDunholme Villa, The ParkUK

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