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Humans, Animals and Biopolitics

The more-than-human condition, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitro, Steve Hinchliffe


198 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Human-animal co-existence is central to a politics of life, how we order societies, and to debates about who ’we’ humans think ’we’ are. In other words, our ways of understanding and ordering human-animal relations have economic and political implications and affect peoples’ everyday lives. By bringing together historically-oriented approaches and contemporary ethnographies which engage with science and technology studies (STS), this book reflects the multi-sited, multi-species, multi-logic and multiple ways in which lives are and have been assembled, disassembled, practised and possibly policed and politicized. Instead of asking only how control and knowledge are and have been extended over life, the chapters in this book also look at what happens when control fails, at practices which defy orders, escape detection, fail to produce or only loosely hang together. In doing so the book problematises and extends the Foucauldian notion of biopolitics that has been such a central analytical concept in studies of human-animal relations and provides a unique resource of cases and theoretical refinements regarding the ways in which we live together with more than human others.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The ‘More Than Human’ Condition: Sentient Creatures and Versions of Biopolitics

Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitrø and Steve Hinchliffe

2. The Practice of Fishy Sentience

John Law and Marianne Lien

3. Making Pig Research Biographies: Names and Numbers

Vibeke Pihl

4. Modifying the Biopolitical Collective: The Law as a Moral Technology

Kristin Asdal and Tone Druglitrø

5. Pastorale: Sheep Traffic in Modern Trauma Surgery

Martina Schlünder

6. The Measure of the Disease: The Pathological Animal Experiment in Robert Koch’s Medical Bacteriology

Christoph Gradmann

7. Knowing Sentient Subjects: Humane Experimental Technique and the Constitution of Care and Knowledge in Laboratory Animal Science

Robert G. W. Kirk

8. One Health, Many Species: Towards a Multispecies Investigation of Bird Flu

Natalie Porter

9. Sensory Biopolitics: Knowing Birds and a Politics of Life

Steve Hinchliffe

10. Loving Camels, Sacrificing Sheep, Slaughtering Gazelles: Human-Animal Relations in Contemporary Desert Fiction

Susan McHugh

About the Editors

Kristin Asdal is Professor of Science, Technology and Culture at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway.

Tone Druglitrø is Postdoctoral Fellow at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway.

Steve Hinchliffe is Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Exeter, UK.

About the Series

Multispecies Encounters

Multispecies Encounters
Multispecies Encounters provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion, development and dissemination of research focused on encounters between members of different species. Re-evaluating our human relationships with other-than-human beings through an interrogation of the ’myth of human exceptionalism’ which has structured (and limited) social thought for so long, the series presents work including multi-species ethnography, animal geographies and more-than-human approaches to research, in order not only better to understand the human condition, but also to situate us holistically, as human animals, within the global ecosystems we share with countless other living beings. As such, the series expresses a commitment to the importance of giving balanced consideration to the experiences of all social actors involved in any given social interaction, with work advancing our theoretical knowledge and understanding of multi-species encounters and, where possible, exploring analytical frameworks which include ways or kinds of ’being’ other than the human.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography