Arguing that historical analysis is an important, yet heretofore largely underexplored, dimension of scholarship in animal geographies, this book seeks to define historical animal geography as the exploration of how spatially situated human-animal relations have changed through time. This volume centers on the changing relationships among people, animals, and the landscapes they inhabit, taking a spatio-temporal approach to animal studies. Foregrounding the assertion that geography matters as much as history in terms of how humans relate to animals, this collection offers unique insight into the lives of animals past, how interrelationships were co-constructed amongst and between animals and humans, and how non-human actors came to make their own worlds. This collection of chapters explores the rich value of work at the contact points between three sub disciplines, demonstrating how geographical analyses enriches work in historical animal studies; that historical work is important to animal geography; and that recognition of animals as actors can further enrich historical geographic research.
Introduction 1. A Meeting Place (Stephanie Rutherford and Sharon Wilcox) Part I: The Home—Shared Spaces of Cohabitation 2. When Did Pets Become Animals? (Philip Howell)3. The Entwined Socioecological Histories of the Sawtelle, California War Veterans and the Animal ‘Menagerie" at the Pacific Branch Soldier’s Home (1888-1918) (Teresa Lloro-Bidart) 4. Shaking the Ground: Histories of Earthworms from Darwin to Niche Construction (Camilla Royle) Part II: The City—Historical Animals In and Out of Sight 5. Zoöpolis (Jennifer Wolch) 6. Kansas City: The Morphology of an American Zoöpolis Through Film (Julie Urbanik) 7. The Strange Case of the Missing Slaughterhouse Geographies (Chris Philo and Ian MacLachlan)8. The Pigs are Back Again: Urban Pig-Keeping in Wartime Britain, 1939-1945 (Thomas Webb) Part III: The Nation—Historical Animal Bodies and Human Identities 9. Rebel elephants: Resistance through Human-Elephant Partnerships (Jennifer Mateer)10. Western Horizons, Animal Becomings: Race, Species, and the Troubled Boundaries of the Human in the Era of American Expansionism (Dominik Ohrem)11. For the Love of Life: Coal Mining and Pit Bull Fighting in Nineteenth Century Britain (Heidi Nast) Part IV: The Global—Imperial Networks and the Movements of Animals 12. Going Forth and Multiplying: Animal Acclimatization and Invasion (Harriet Ritvo)13. Runaways and Strays: Rethinking (Non)Human Agency in Caribbean SlaveSocieties (David Lambert) Epilogue 14. Finding Our Way in the Anthropocene (Stephanie Rutherford)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Henry Buller (H.Buller@exeter.ac.uk)