The Unpacking Plant: Gleaning the Lexicons of Lean Culture

  • Natalie Joelle
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


Joelle’s glossar-essay responds to John Kinsella’s ambitious call to generate a “theoretical language of veganism to challenge the discourses of thought” by developing a “gleanological” method to challenge the dominant discourses of lean thinking. Gleaning the phrase “lean culture” from management handbooks for our critical lexicon innovatively connects contemporary systems of control within and across species with a term that is as specific and identifiable in how it permeates everyday language as it is global and transdisciplinary in reach. Gleaning the lexicons of lean culture unpacks the patterns of violence and ecocide encoded in the lean management of everyday life.



I am grateful to Carol Watts, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell, Dan Eltringham, Laura Wright, Benjamin Westwood, and Emelia Quinn for comments on the ideas discussed here.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalie Joelle
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  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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