"Bringing things to life, then, is a matter not of adding to them a sprinkling of agency but of restoring them to the generative fluxes of the world of materials in which they came into being and continue to subsist. This view, that things are in life rather than life in things, is diametrically opposed to the conventional anthropological understanding of animism, invoked by Pels (...). Things are alive and active not because they are possessed of spirit - whether in or of matter - but because the substances of which they are comprised continue to be swept up in circulations of the surroundings media that alternately portend their dissolution or - characteristically with animate beings -ensure their regeneration. Spirit is the generative power of these circulatory flows which, in living organisms, are bound into tightly woven bundles or tissues of extraordinary complexity.
Referência: Tim Ingold - Being alive: essays on movement, knowledge and description ("Materials against materiality").