1st Edition

Colonialism and Animality
Anti-Colonial Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies

ISBN 9780367856120
Published March 4, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The fields of settler colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial studies, as well as Critical Animal Studies are growing rapidly, but how do the implications of these endeavours intersect? Colonialism and Animality: Anti-Colonial Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies explores some of the ways that the oppression of Indigenous persons and more-than-human animals are interconnected.

Composed of 12 chapters by an international team of specialists plus a Foreword by Dinesh Wadiwel, the book is divided into four themes:

  • Tensions and Alliances between Animal and Decolonial Activisms
  • Revisiting the Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples’ Relationships with Animals
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Colonialism, Animals, and the Law

This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, activists, as well as postdoctoral scholars, working in the areas of Critical Animal Studies, Native Studies, postcolonial and critical race studies, with particular chapters being of interest to scholars and students in other fields, such as Cultural Studies, Animal Law and Critical Criminology.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Thinking "Critically" About Animals After Colonialism

Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel


Introduction: Unsettling Relationships in Colonial Contexts

Kelly Struthers Montford and Chloë Taylor

SECTION I: Tensions and Alliances Between Animal and Decolonial Activisms

1. An Indigenous Critique of Critical Animal Studies

Billy-Ray Belcourt

2. Tensions in Contemporary Indigenous and Animal Advocacy Struggles: The Commercial Seal Hunt as a Case Study

Darren Chang

3. Makah Whaling and the (Non)Ecological Indian

Claire Jean Kim

SECTION II: Revisiting the Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples’ Relationships with Animals

4. Veganism and Mi'kmaq Legends

Margaret Robinson

5. Growling Ontologies: Indigeneity, Becoming-Souls and Settler Colonial Inaccessibility

Vanessa Watts

6. Beyond Edibility: Towards a Nonspeciesist, Decolonial Food Ontology

Kelly Struthers Montford and Chloë Taylor

SECTION III: Cultural Perspectives

7. He(a)rd: Animal Cultures and Anti-Colonial Politics

Lauren Corman

8. Dingoes and Dog-Whistling: A Cultural Politics of Race and Species in Australia

Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

9. Haunting Pigs, Swimming Jaguars: Mourning, Animals and Ayahuasca

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond

SECTION IV: Colonialism, Animals, and the Law

10. Constitutional Protections for Animals: A Comparative Animal-Centered and Postcolonial Reading

Maneesha Deckha

11. Placing Angola: Racialization, Anthropocentrism, and Settler Colonialism at the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s Angola Rodeo

Kathryn Gillespie

12. Toward A Theory of Multi-Species Carcerality

Kelly Struthers Montford

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Kelly Struthers Montford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Sociology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Chloë Taylor is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.