On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Solomon, Nikiwe
dc.contributor.author Köster, Terena
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-14T08:46:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-14T08:46:43Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Köster, T. 2019. On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31117
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with the conditions of generating a livable Karoo landscape and the arts of living on a damaged Karoo veld. It takes place in a context where the anthropogenic influences on land degradation, desertification and biodiversity loss continues to haunt the Karoo in the present. The Karoo is a semi-arid region that spans the interior of South Africa. It is also region that has been subject to ongoing and widespread concern of the impact of overgrazing, threatening the livability of the Karoo landscape. This is a result of human/nonhuman relations that have been grounded in a colonial mastery of the land, whereby the advent of private property regimes, modernist technologies and capitalist extraction has allowed for the land to be cheapened, exhausted and severely degraded in a process of colonial dispossession. This research is a qualitative ethnography interacting with farmers and nonhumans on rangelands in the Great Karoo. This thesis shows how the earlier degradation of the Karoo has demanded farmersto pay attention to the relationalities between ecology and economy, since their economic/ecological survival depends entirely on the ongoing multispecies assemblages of which humans form a part. Infrastructures and technologies have become grounds for new ontological practices of regenerating the Karoo veld. Infrastructures (namely fencing) and sheep are used in ways that mimic the earlier migration of large herds of antelope. Here, the bodies of sheep are curated and moved in order to perform a particular ordering of a Karoo ‘nature’. This movement is believed to instigate multispecies liveliness. Sheep, who were once destroyers of the veld, are now enrolled in practices that are believed to bring back the ‘natural’ vegetation of the Karoo. The thesis problematises the ongoing Western ways of knowing that separate the world into binaries of ‘nature’/’culture’, ‘human’/’non-human’, ‘subject’/object’, ‘domestic’/‘wild’, ’economy’/‘ecology’, ‘life’/‘death’. Rather, it argues that a concern with ontological plurality is a process of paying attention to the mutual ecologies and multiple species that gather in human/nonhuman worlding projects on rangelands in the Karoo.
dc.subject Arid ecologies
dc.subject multispecies
dc.subject monsters/ghosts
dc.subject infrastructures
dc.subject nonhumans
dc.subject ontology
dc.title On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld
dc.type Master Thesis
dc.date.updated 2020-02-14T07:50:00Z
dc.language.rfc3066 eng
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities
dc.publisher.department Social Anthropology
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSci
dc.identifier.apacitation Köster, T. (2019). <i>On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld</i>. (). ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31117 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Köster, Terena. <i>"On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld."</i> ., ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31117 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Köster T. On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld. []. ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2019 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31117 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Köster, Terena AB - This thesis is concerned with the conditions of generating a livable Karoo landscape and the arts of living on a damaged Karoo veld. It takes place in a context where the anthropogenic influences on land degradation, desertification and biodiversity loss continues to haunt the Karoo in the present. The Karoo is a semi-arid region that spans the interior of South Africa. It is also region that has been subject to ongoing and widespread concern of the impact of overgrazing, threatening the livability of the Karoo landscape. This is a result of human/nonhuman relations that have been grounded in a colonial mastery of the land, whereby the advent of private property regimes, modernist technologies and capitalist extraction has allowed for the land to be cheapened, exhausted and severely degraded in a process of colonial dispossession. This research is a qualitative ethnography interacting with farmers and nonhumans on rangelands in the Great Karoo. This thesis shows how the earlier degradation of the Karoo has demanded farmersto pay attention to the relationalities between ecology and economy, since their economic/ecological survival depends entirely on the ongoing multispecies assemblages of which humans form a part. Infrastructures and technologies have become grounds for new ontological practices of regenerating the Karoo veld. Infrastructures (namely fencing) and sheep are used in ways that mimic the earlier migration of large herds of antelope. Here, the bodies of sheep are curated and moved in order to perform a particular ordering of a Karoo ‘nature’. This movement is believed to instigate multispecies liveliness. Sheep, who were once destroyers of the veld, are now enrolled in practices that are believed to bring back the ‘natural’ vegetation of the Karoo. The thesis problematises the ongoing Western ways of knowing that separate the world into binaries of ‘nature’/’culture’, ‘human’/’non-human’, ‘subject’/object’, ‘domestic’/‘wild’, ’economy’/‘ecology’, ‘life’/‘death’. Rather, it argues that a concern with ontological plurality is a process of paying attention to the mutual ecologies and multiple species that gather in human/nonhuman worlding projects on rangelands in the Karoo. DA - 2019 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Arid ecologies KW - multispecies KW - monsters/ghosts KW - infrastructures KW - nonhumans KW - ontology LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2019 T1 - On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld TI - On Stories of Liveliness: following the Arts of Living on a Damaged Karoo Veld UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31117 ER - en_ZA


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