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Roots, rupture and remembrance: the Tasmanian lives of Monterey Pine.


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Lien, M and Davison, AG (2010) Roots, rupture and remembrance: the Tasmanian lives of Monterey Pine. Journal of Material Culture, 15 (2). pp. 233-253. ISSN 1359-1835

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Why do certain landscapes become contested sites for claims about identity? We approach landscapes as assemblages of human and non-human elements that reach beyond the confines of their immediate physical and temporal locations. Our empirical focus is a small group of pine trees in a Tasmanian suburb, where remnants of human and non-human migration are inscribed and live on in the landscape and in human memory. We demonstrate how the trees simultaneously invite and resist purification through binaries such as nature and culture, wild and domestic, then and now. The histories and futures of belonging assembled in and through these trees are nothing less than active, idiosyncratic and ongoing processes of differentiation that shed light on the working out of postcolonial, globalizing societies and ecologies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: belonging, environmentalism, landscape, Tasmania, trees
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Material Culture
Page Range: pp. 233-253
ISSN: 1359-1835
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1177/1359183510364078
Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 01:54
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2010 01:54
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