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Critical Animal Geographies

Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world, 1st Edition

Edited by Kathryn Gillespie, Rosemary-Claire Collard


222 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Critical Animal Geographies provides new geographical perspectives on critical animal studies, exploring the spatial, political, and ethical dimensions of animals’ lived experience and human-animal encounters. It works toward a more radical politics and theory directed at the shifting boundary between human and animal. Chapters draw together feminist, political-economic, post-humanist, anarchist, postcolonial, and critical race literatures with original case studies in order to see how efforts by some humans to control and order life – human and not – violate, constrain, and impinge upon others. Central to all chapters is a commitment to grappling with the stakes – violence, death, life, autonomy – of human-animal encounters. Equally, the work in the collection addresses head-on the dominant forces shaping and dependent on these encounters: capitalism, racism, colonialism, and so on. In doing so, the book pushes readers to confront how human-animal relations are mixed up with overlapping axes of power and exploitation, including gender, race, class, and species.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction, Rosemary-Claire Collard and Kathryn Gillespie PART I: POLITICS Chapter 2. Animal geographies, anarchist praxis and critical animal studies, Richard J White Chapter 3. Practice as theory: learning from food activism and performative protest, Eva Giraud Chapter 4. Pleasure, pain and place: ag-gag, crush videos, and animal bodies on display, Claire Rasmussen PART II: INTERSECTIONS Chapter 5. Wildspace: the cage, the supermax, & the zoo, Karen M. Morin Chapter 6. Commodification, violence and the making of workers and ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, John Joyce, Joseph Nevins, and Jill Schneiderman Chapter 7. Race, space, and wildlife management, Anastasia Yarbrough Chapter 8. Pit bulls, slavery, and whiteness in the mid- to late- nineteenth century US: geographical trajectories; primary sources, Heidi J. Nast PART III: HIERARCHIES Chapter 9. Coyotes in the city: gastro-ethical encounters in a more-than-human world, Gwendolyn Blue and Shelley Alexander Chapter 10. Livelier livelihoods: animal and human collaboration on the farm, Jody Emel, Connie L. Johnston, and Elisabeth Stoddard Chapter 11. En-listing life: red is the color of threatened species lists, Irus Braverman Chapter 12. Doing critical animal geographies: future directions, Rosemary-Claire Collard and Kathryn Gillespie

About the Editors

Rosemary-Claire Collard is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research looks at capitalism, environmental politics, science, and culture, especially film, with an eye to how they depend on and engender certain human-animal relations.

Kathryn Gillespie is a part-time Lecturer in Geography, the Honors Program, and the Comparative History of Ideas Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her research focuses on the lived experience of animals in spaces of commodity production (e.g., farming, breeding, sale, and slaughter), with a particular emphasis on those animals humans use for food.

About the Series

Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

The last fifteen years or so have seen an extraordinary growth in new and original social science research into human-animal relations. The ‘animal turn’ as some have referred to it is driven by a strong sense that though essential partners in human worlds, animals have long been ignored by a predominantly humanist social science. Although there is a growing literature on human-animal studies, particularly within the humanities but increasingly including geography, sociology, anthropology, the crucial interdisciplinary cross-overs that have so animated animal studies research have not been easily served in the publication strategies of either major journals or book publishers.

The new Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting edge research and analysis to explore human animal relations across the social sciences and humanities. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating and highly relevant topics, drawing across the humanities and social sciences in an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective. This series will encourage new theoretical perspectives and highlight ground-breaking research that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of current animal studies. The series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students as well as academics and policy-makers across a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

To submit a proposal for the series please contact Faye Leerink ( and Henry Buller (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography