Despite its inherent interdisciplinarity, the Communication discipline has remained an almost entirely anthropocentric enterprise. This book represents early and prominent forays into the subject of human-animal communication from a Communication Studies perspective, an effort that brings a discipline too long defined by that fallacy of division, human or nonhuman, into conversation with animal studies, biosemiotics, and environmental communication, as well as other recent intellectual and activist movements for reconceptualizing relationships and interactions in the biosphere. This book is a much-needed point of entry for future scholarship on animal-human communication, as well as the whole range of communication possibilities among the more-than-human world. It offers a groundbreaking transformation of higher education by charting new directions for communication research, policy formation, and personal and professional practices involving animals.
Table of Contents
1. Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: An Introduction, Emily Plec Part I: Complicity 2. Animals as Media: Speaking Through/With Nonhuman Beings, Tony E. Adams 3. Beached Whales: Tracing the Rhetorical Force of Extraordinary Material Articulations, Deborah Cox Callister 4. Framing Primate Testing: How Supporters and Opponents Construct Meaning and Shape the Debate, Joseph Abidaid 5. Absorbent and Yellow and Porous is He: Animated Animal Bodies in SpongeBob Squarepants, Shana Heinricy Part II: Implication 6. Stepping Up to the Veggie Plate: Framing Veganism as Living Your Values, Carrie Packwood Freeman 7. The "Golden" Bond: Exploring Human-Canine Relationships with a Retriever, Nick Trujillo 8. Communicating Social Support to Grieving Clients: The Veterinarians’ View, Mary Pilgram 9. Flocking Bird-Human Ritual Communication, Leigh A. Bernacchi 10. Banging on the Divide: Cultural Reflection and Refraction at the Zoo, Tema Milstein Part III: Coherence 11. Listening with the Third Eye: A Phenomenological Ethnography of Animal Communicators, Susan Hafen 12. Thinking through Ravens: Human Hunters, Wolf-birds, and Embodied Communication, Pat Munday 13. Un-defining Man: The Case for Symbolic Animal Communication, Stephen J. Lind 14. Difference without hierarchy: Narrative Paradigms and Critical Animal Studies, A Meditation on Communication, Susannah Bunny LeBaron
Emily Plec is Professor of Communication Studies at Western Oregon University, US.