[W]hen we come to adress the most fondamental questions about living systems, we need to think of animals, too, not as things in themselves, but as point of emergent growth within a relationnal field. What makes the fungus such a useful model is just that the pathways of relationship are manifestly traced out in its fibers (or hyphae). With animals they are more difficult to see-but they are there nonetheless. And they are there for humans too. Thus with the "fungal model", if I may call it that, being a person is not necessarly different from being an organism. In what follows I want to consider the implications of this view for the way  in wich we might understand the relations-conventionally called "ecological"-between organisms-persons and their environments.

Tim Ingold 2004. Two reflections on ecological knowledge’, in G. Sanga and G. Ortalli (ed), Nature knowledge: ethnoscience, cognition, identity (Oxford : Berghahn), pp 301-311.