“My methodology and research design, rooted in a flat ontology, led me to include plants as participants alongside the human gardener. But how was I to account for plants and their agency? What might count as evidence of vegetal politics?”
In a new article titled, Growing Methods: Developing a Methodology for Identifying Plant Agency and Vegetal Politics in the City, newly appointed CQ Fellow Dr. Sarah Elton proposes a methodology to account for plant agency in gardens and to identify vegetal politics. Emerging from her CQ Dissertation Award-winning doctoral work, Dr. Elton describes how a methodological shift to understanding plant communities as a unit of analysis is central to theorising plants as political actors in cities that support health.
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