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Title: Vegecultures and the social-biological transformations of plants and people
Authors: Barton, Huw
Denham, Tim
First Published: 18-Jul-2016
Publisher: Elsevier for International Union for Quaternary Research
Citation: Quaternary International, 2018, 489, pp. 17-25 (9)
Abstract: The social entanglements of vegetative reproduction are considered for three neighbouring tropical regions that are often considered to exhibit very different histories of plant exploitation during the Holocene: early and independent agricultural development on New Guinea; introduction of agriculture to Island Southeast Asia during the last 3000–4000 years; and, Australia as the ‘hunter–gatherer’ continent. Following recent reassessments that emphasise the commonalities of many plant exploitation practices across these three regions, the focus here is upon the shared vegetative disposition, or orientation, of people to plants. The intention is to provide insight on how people's awareness of the vegetative reproductive capacity of plants has been mutually constitutive for the production and reproduction of their social worlds, whether by groups ordinarily referred to as ‘hunter–gatherer’ or ‘horticulturalist’.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.06.031
ISSN: 1040-6182
eISSN: 1873-4553
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Elsevier for International Union for Quaternary Research, 2016. This version of the paper is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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