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JaneBennettJane Bennett is Professor of Political Theory and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Her published books include Thoreau’s Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild (1994), The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics (2001), and her latest Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010).

I think that human agency is best conceived as itself the outcome or effect of a certain configuration of human and nonhuman forces. When humans act they do not exercise exclusively human powers, but express and engage a variety of other actants, including food, micro-organisms, minerals, artefacts, sounds, bio- and other technologies, and so on. There is a difference between a human individual and a stone, but neither considered alone has real agency. The locus of agency is always a human–nonhuman collective.”  – Jane Bennett

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