Perspectives Logo

The online journal RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society publishes provocative, less formal pieces related to the RCC’s environment and society research themes.

Of Mice and Men: Ecologies of Care in a Climate Chamber

Veit Braun explores the troubling and often contradictory nature of care, revealing the restrictions of simplifying the duality of caring or violent states. Spending a day in a climate chamber designed for breeding young wheat seedlings, he calls into question not just the subjects of care but also the forms of care, which range from meticulous tending to deliberate neglect and open hostility. There is not one true form of care, but rather a complex web of practices that all seek to “take care” in an appropriate manner.