The Ecological: Whose Nature?
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The three propertyscapes defined in this book so far have primarily connected the political action of becoming property to readings of the epoch-defining affordances of digital communication technologies. My final propertyscape, Ecological Decolonization, draws our attention to a different aspect of the political action of becoming property—how the meanings and institutions of property expand their reach into life itself. This is an important issue in an age of increasing anxiety about the perils of technologically modified agriculture and the challenges of the local, and of planetary environmental sustainability. In defining Ecological Decolonization, I will weave between discussions of research and political activism. These areas cross-pollinate, coming together to form a distinctive understanding of social activity and its connection to eco-systemic realities underwriting the work and play of the mind, connecting this in turn to a politics of becoming property. While Ecological Decolonization offers a broad critical lens, its case will be presented through an analysis of the bio-politics of food: its production, cultivation, and systems of ownership. In this essential connection to species subsistence we find its potential openings for an understanding of our material relationship to the land, seeds, and the environment, and the immaterial cultural conditions of production, sustainability, and social value.