This timely book provides a methodological guide for how to conduct and theorise research in human-animal studies. In response to critiques of the anthropomorphic slant to human-animal research and the increasing political relevance of animals in contemporary environmental debates, this book emphasises methods which bring to light the animal side of multispecies encounters.
Drawing from the interdisciplinary strength of human-animal studies, this book contains contributions from practitioners and scholars working in sociology, anthropology, ethology and geography. Each chapter uses a case-study approach to present a theoretical framework and empirical application of cutting-edge methods in human-animal studies, from creative writing in multispecies ethnographies to visual methods like videography and body mapping. Organized in three parts – theorizing; collaborating; visualizing – the book equips readers with methodological tools to conduct human-animal studies research attentive to animal lives. Furthermore, chapters reflect on the opportunities, limitations and ethical considerations of research that seeks to understand our more-than-human worlds.
The book is aimed towards undergraduate and graduate students in human-animal studies and scholars investigating human-animal relations. It will also be of interest to practitioners and policy-makers who engage with conservation, wildlife management or the human-animal interface of urban and regional planning.
Chapter 1: Hidden in plain sight: how (and why) to attend to the animal in human-animal relations
Annalisa Colombino and Heide K. Bruckner
PART I THEORISING
Chapter 2: Decentring humans in research methods: visibilising other animal realities
Erin Jones and Nik Taylor
Chapter 3: Understanding human-animal relations from the perspective of work
Nicolas Lainé and Jocelyne Porcher
Chapter 4: Re-thinking animal and human personhood: towards co-created narratives of affective, embodied, emplaced becomings of human and nonhuman life
PART II: COLLABORATING
Chapter 5: Two species ethnography: honey bees as a case study of an interdisciplinary "more-than-human" method
Siobhan Maderson and Emily Elsner-Adams
Chapter 6: Trekking a predator’s journey: paths through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Chapter 7: How to do multispecies-ethnographies when exploring human-(wild) animal interactions: affect, multisensory communication and materiality
Susan Boonman-Berson and Séverine van Bommel
PART III: VISUALISING
Chapter 8: Shared sensory signs: mine detection rats and their handlers in Cambodia
Chapter 9: Doing multispecies ethnography with mobile video: exploring human-animal contact zones
Katrina M. Brown
Chapter 10: Getting visceral: body mapping the humanimalian
Heide K. Bruckner