Human-Animal Interactions in Anthropocene Asia
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This book examines the theme of human-animal interactions contextualized against the idea of the Anthropocene.
Focused on China and its immediate Asian borderlands, this interdisciplinary collection provides a powerful and insightful analysis of the ecological challenges that mankind’s traditional activities have created. Through in-depth case studies, each focusing on a particular human-animal dynamic, the book contextualises and advances the understanding of existing environmental and ecological problems faced by local communities in Asia. In particular, the book hopes to transcend the duality of the nature versus culture debate by locating animal-ecological problems in the behavior of human institutions, beliefs and practices, which are often affected by prevailing cultural proclivities, political ideologies, economic interests and scientific agendas. Through interrogation of theoretical concepts of Anthropocene and human-animal binary, the volume highlights the controversial debates that follows their usage as well as their empirical utility understanding human-animal interactions historically, thereby engaging a broader interdisciplinary conversation is increasingly links these two fields together.
Providing a platform for discussion and dialogue for a wide audience, this book will appeal to students and scholars of environmental history and politics, anthropology, political science and policy studies, China studies and Asian studies more generally.
Table of Contents
1. Human-Animal Interactions in Anthropocene Asia: Culture, Development and the Politics 2. "Rearing the Rare": History, Co–existence and Contestation of Wildlife Conservation in the Singalila National Park, Darjeeling, India 3. A Mongolian Muzzle in the Chinese Grasslands: The Shifting Uses of the Camel in Nomadic Pastoralism and Festivities 4. Reindeer, Taiga, Ethnic Culture: State-Forced Resettlement and the Changing Human-Animal Interactions in the Aoluguya Ewenki Community 5. Yak Dzongs in Sikkim Himalayas: Spaces of Conflict in the Making 6. Turtles Amid Healing and Extinction: International Relations and Question of Animal Agency in the South China Sea Disputes 7. From Colonial Science to the Genome age: The Politics of Asian Giant Salamander Conservation 8. The Destiny of China’s Honeybees in the Anthropocene 9. Human-wildlife interface and socio-cultural ecology of zoonotic Outbreaks in Anthropocene China 10. Tiger Parks in Anthropocene China: Culture, Capitalism and the Limits of Conservation
Victor Teo is a political scientist specialising in the International Relations of the Indo-Pacific. He was most recently The Cold War Visiting Research Fellow at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK and Wang Gungwu Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.