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Multispecies Encounters

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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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Human-Animal Relationships in Times of Pandemic and Climate Crisis Multispecies Sociology for the New Normal

Human-Animal Relationships in Times of Pandemic and Climate Crisis: Multispecies Sociology for the New Normal

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Edited By Josephine Browne, Zoei Sutton
September 02, 2024

This book situates sociological research as a vital tool for understanding, and responding to, the multispecies entanglements that cause, inform and arise from states of crisis involving the environment, climate and zoonotic disease transmission. Considering the consequences of a range of ...

Cat People: Human–Cat Interrelatedness in the Cat Fancy

Cat People: Human–Cat Interrelatedness in the Cat Fancy

1st Edition

By Emily Stone
May 27, 2024

This book examines the social world of the cat fancy, or the leisure activity of breeding and exhibiting pedigree cats. Based on multispecies ethnographic fieldwork and interviews in the United Kingdom, it explores the process and performance of exhibiting cats at shows, the breeding practices and ...

Animal Lives and Why They Matter

Animal Lives and Why They Matter

1st Edition

By Arne Johan Vetlesen
October 13, 2023

This book engages with the changing ways in which we, as a society and culture, look upon and interact with animals, stressing how much animals differ among themselves. An invitation to appreciate the peculiar role of animals in telling important if uncomfortable truths about who we are and where ...

The Giant Squid in Transatlantic Culture The Monsterization of Molluscs

The Giant Squid in Transatlantic Culture: The Monsterization of Molluscs

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By Otto Latva
July 07, 2023

This book builds upon the extensive study of the historical relationship between sea animals and humans in transatlantic culture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It exposes the present understanding of the human relationship with the giant squid not only as too simplistic but also as...

Living-With Wisdom Permaculture and Symbiotic Ethics

Living-With Wisdom: Permaculture and Symbiotic Ethics

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By Alexander Badman-King
January 09, 2023

Living-With Wisdom explores the way in which ancient Greek models of philosophy as an attempt to live ‘the good life’ can and should be realised through the practice of permaculture. Following the thought of Plato and Aristotle, the author places the achievement of wisdom and fulfilment at the ...

Totemism and Human–Animal Relations in West Africa

Totemism and Human–Animal Relations in West Africa

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By Sharon Merz
January 09, 2023

This book explores human–animal relations amongst the Bebelibe of West Africa, with a focus on the establishment of totemic relationships with animals, what these relationships entail and the consequences of abusing them. Employing and developing the concepts of "presencing" and "the ontological ...

Blogging Wildlife The Perception of Animals by Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

Blogging Wildlife: The Perception of Animals by Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

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By Kate Marx
August 01, 2022

This volume reports on the encounters between hikers and wildlife on the Appalachian Trail. Based on narratives provided by trail hikers, it explores the ways in which humans relate to the animals with whom they temporarily share a home. With attention to the themes of pilgrimage, the changing ...

Human-Canine Collaboration in Care Doing Diabetes

Human-Canine Collaboration in Care: Doing Diabetes

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By Fenella Eason
October 17, 2019

Adopting an anthrozoological perspective to study the participation of non-human animals in regimes of care, this book examines the use of canine scent detection to alert 'hypo-unaware' individuals to symptoms of human chronic illness. Based on ethnographic research and interviews, it focuses on ...

Animal Places Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations

Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations

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Edited By Jacob Bull, Tora Holmberg, Cecilia Åsberg
April 15, 2019

Nonhuman animals are ubiquitous to our ‘human’ societies. Interdisciplinary human/animal research has - for 50 years - drawn attention to how animals are ever-present in what we think of as human spaces and cultures. Our societies are built with animals and through all kinds of multispecies ...

Anthropology and Cryptozoology Exploring Encounters with Mysterious Creatures

Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Exploring Encounters with Mysterious Creatures

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Edited By Samantha Hurn
November 23, 2016

Cryptozoology is best understood as the study of animals which, in the eyes of Western science, are extinct, unclassified or unrecognised. In consequence, and in part because of its selective methods and lack of epistemological rigour, cryptozoology is often dismissed as a pseudo-science. However, ...

Humans, Animals and Biopolitics The more-than-human condition

Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The more-than-human condition

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Edited By Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitro, Steve Hinchliffe
July 13, 2016

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 ...

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