Slowing Down with Stinging Nettle

Veera Kinnunen, Francoise Martz, Outi Rantala

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In ‘Slowing down with stinging nettle,’ Veera Kinnunen, Françoise Martz, and Outi Rantala seek to develop transdisciplinary knowing methods by gathering around stinging nettle. Due to the rich cultural and biological heritage inscribed in nettle, it provides a fruitful starting point for transdisciplinary theorising about human–plant relations from the local nettle that is simultaneously present around the world. The three authors—a sociologist, a tourism researcher, and a biologist—end up inviting two plant mentors to their conversations, enabling them to attend to situated nettle relations. The plant mentors’ rich situated expertise in utilising nettle enables the authors to pay attention to the material, symbolic, and temporal particularities embedded in making a living with nettle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching with Proximity
Subtitle of host publicationRelational methodologies for the Anthropocene
EditorsOuti Rantala, Veera Kinnunen, Emily Höckert
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-39500-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-39499-7, 978-3-031-39502-4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesArctic Encounters

Field of science

  • Tourism research
  • Sociology
  • Plant biology, microbiology, virology
  • Social and economic geography


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