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Disruptive Stimuli: Resituating the Misplaced

Coen, Amanda
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Coen, Amanda
Advisor
Gali Izard, Teresa
Cho, Leena
Abstract
Cultural perceptions of invasive species are manifest in the landscape. The term invasive evokes combative management strategies that deny responsibility for the economic and political patterns that have shaped global plant migrations over time. This work calls for a shift in discourse towards understanding plants as a lineage of cultural construct and highlighting their generative potentials regardless of geographic origin. Through the proposal of a fiber-harvesting strategy for Pueraria montana (Kudzu), ecological and economic perspectives are resituated to transform what is considered a nuisance into a valued resource that supports ongoing management efforts. In doing so, the term misplaced gifts replaces invasives, inviting new cultural associations that alter relationships between Kudzu and its host plants as well as humans and non-human species alike.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Landscape Architecture, MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture), 2016
Published Date
2016-06-01
Degree
MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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