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RE: Really shit work? Bodily becoming and the capacity to care for the urban forest

Subject: RE: Really shit work? Bodily becoming and the capacity to care for the urban forest
From: Rupert Baker
Date: Dec 05 2019 10:35:15
Its an attempt, by someone who has never lifted a finger other than onto a 
keyboard, to understand why some people actually get off on physical labour 
despite it being desperately infa-dig, darling...
It may be machine written, as dyadic means in two parts, so unless they are 
thinking that the brain/body dichotomy is real, (which I thought sociologists 
had moved on from), its hard to make sense of.
An everyday illustration of the same issue is the way one becomes invisible 
when wearing hi-vis...
Atb
Rupert
PS - could also be seen as a consequence of the expressed desire of 
successive governments to have 50% of school-leavers go on to take a degree.  
The median academic achievement in the UK is a grade 'C' GCSE.... go figure, 
as our transatlantic cousins would say. 
So you get a degree in a non-subject; no-one wants to employ you;  so you do 
a masters or a PhD in utter bollocks, increasing your debt loads but also 
fending off the time before you have to join the real world and flip burgers 
for a living.  Meanwhile the accumulated debt load means that you are a 
compliant, non-insurrectionist member of the consumer society, unwilling to 
rock the boat too much.

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Jon Heuch
Sent: 04 December 2019 18:52
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Really shit work? Bodily becoming and the capacity to care for the 
urban forest

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649365.2017.1384046?journalCod
e=rscg20 

 

I'll buy a beer for anyone that can tell me in reasonably concise language 
what the Abstract of this paper is trying to say; to save you having to click 
on the link here it is:

 

The urban forest has a significant impact on the city's social and ecological 
performance. However, shrinking space and resources needed to care for trees 
means cultivating community care for the urban forest is an increasingly 
salient issue. To this end, the paper seeks to deepen our understanding of 
the powers shaping people's capacity to care for trees. It identifies the 
body as one of these powers and turns to Deleuze and Guattari for a theory of 
corporeality that illuminates the body's role in the process of becoming a 
'bushcarer'. This highlights the trans-corporeal practices and encounters 
that endow people with the skills and desire needed to care for the urban 
forest. With the ethical utility of the body being debated by social and 
cultural geographers, this article defends its potential by suggesting the 
body and its encounters are deeply implicated in the development of a dyadic 
capacity to care for the urban forest. For urban forestry, this means 
community engagement might be framed as an ethical event that facilitates 
experiments in bodily composition that might change our ways of thinking, 
feeling, and being with the urban forest.

 

Frankly, I don't think I'm going to make any effort to read further. The 
title grabbed my attention but all that shows is the power of a headline.




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