Thinking with Soils : Material Politics and Social Theory

Salazar Juan, Granjou Céline, Kearnes Matthew, Krzywoszynska Anna & Tironi Manuel (eds) 2020.

This book challenges scholars to attend more carefully to the ways in which they think about soil, both materially and theoretically. Contributors address a range of topics, including new ways of thinking about the politics of caring for soils; the ecological and symbiotic relations between soils; how the productive capacities and contested governance of soils are deployed as matters of political concern; and indigenous ways of knowing and being with soil.

The book, with a preface by Maria Puig dela Bellacasa, is representative of the rising interest in ‘the material’ in social sciences. Bringing together new modes of ‘critical description’ with speculative practices and methods of inquiry, it contributes to the exploration of current transformations in socioecologies, as well as in political and artistic practices, in order to address global ecological change.

Table of contents
Maria Puig della Bellacasa, University of Leicester, UK
Ch 1: Thinking-with Soils: An Introduction to the Edited Volume
Juan F. Salazar, Céline Granjou, Anna Krzywoszynska, Matthew Kearns, Manuel Tironi
Ch 2: Soil Theories: Relational, Decolonial, Inhuman
Manuel Tironi, Matthew Kearnes, Anna Krzywoszynska, Céline Granjou
and Juan Francisco Salazar

Ch 3: Mapping soil, losing ground? Politics of soil mapping
Juliette Kon Kam Kim and Céline Granjou
Ch 4: Soils and Commodification
Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro and Levi Van Sant
Ch 5: Knowing earth, knowing soil: epistemological work and the political aesthetics of regenerative agriculture
Matthew Kearnes and Lauren Rickards
Ch 6: To know, to dwell, to care: towards an actionable, place-based knowledge of soils
Anna Krzywoszynska with Steve Banwart and David Blacker
Ch. 7: Soiling Mars: “To boldly grow where no plant has grown before”?
Filippo Bertoni
Ch. 8: Geosocial polar futures and the material geopolitics of frozen soils
Juan Francisco Salazar and Klaus Dodds
Ch 9: A Mend to the Metabolic Rift? The Promises (and Potential Pitfalls) of Biosolids Application on American Soils
Nicholas C. Kawa
Ch. 10: Reclaiming freak soils: from conquering to journeying with urban soils
Germain Meulemans

Ch 11: Soil refusal: thinking earthly matters as radical alterity
Manuel Tironi

Ch 12: Geophagiac: Art, Food, Dirt
Lindsay Kelley

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