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Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

About the Series

In Memory of Professor Henry Buller, founding series editor.

The last fifteen years or so have seen an extraordinary growth in new and original social science research into human-animal relations. The ‘animal turn’ as some have referred to it is driven by a strong sense that though essential partners in human worlds, animals have long been ignored by a predominantly humanist social science. Although there is a growing literature on human-animal studies, particularly within the humanities but increasingly including geography, sociology, anthropology, the crucial interdisciplinary cross-overs that have so animated animal studies research have not been easily served in the publication strategies of either major journals or book publishers.

The new Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting edge research and analysis to explore human animal relations across the social sciences and humanities. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating and highly relevant topics, drawing across the humanities and social sciences in an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective. This series will encourage new theoretical perspectives and highlight ground-breaking research that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of current animal studies. The series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students as well as academics and policy-makers across a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

To submit a proposal for the series please contact Faye Leerink ([email protected])

16 Series Titles

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Horses, Power and Place A More-Than-Human Geography of Equine Britain

Horses, Power and Place: A More-Than-Human Geography of Equine Britain

1st Edition

By Neil Ward
December 05, 2023

Horses, Power and Place explores the evolution of humanity’s relationship with horses, from early domestication through to the use of the horse as a draught animal, an agricultural, industrial and military asset, and an animal of sport and leisure. Taking an historical approach, and using Britain ...

What We Owe to Nonhuman Animals The Historical Pretensions of Reason and the Ideal of Felt Kinship

What We Owe to Nonhuman Animals: The Historical Pretensions of Reason and the Ideal of Felt Kinship

1st Edition

By Gary Steiner
September 27, 2023

This book strongly challenges the Western philosophical tradition’s assertion that humans are superior to nonhuman animals. It makes a case for the full and direct moral status of nonhuman animals. The book provides the basis for a radical critique of the entire trajectory of animal studies over ...

Winged Worlds Common Spaces of Avian-Human Lives

Winged Worlds: Common Spaces of Avian-Human Lives

1st Edition

Edited By Olga Petri, Michael Guida
June 26, 2023

This edited collection explores our often-surprising modes of co-inhabiting the cultural and aerial worlds of birds. It focuses on our encounters with non-captive birds and the cultural geographies of feathered flight. This book offers a timely contribution to the more-than-human geographies of ...

Methods in Human-Animal Studies Engaging With Animals Through the Social Sciences

Methods in Human-Animal Studies: Engaging With Animals Through the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Edited By Annalisa Colombino, Heide K. Bruckner
June 07, 2023

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 ...

The Imaginary of Animals

The Imaginary of Animals

1st Edition

By Annabelle Dufourcq
May 31, 2023

This book explores the phenomenon of animal imagination and its profound power over the human imagination. It examines the structural and ethical role that the human imagination must play to provide an interface between humans’ subjectivity and the real cognitive capacities of animals. The book ...

Immanence and the Animal A Conceptual Inquiry

Immanence and the Animal: A Conceptual Inquiry

1st Edition

By Krzysztof Skonieczny
March 05, 2020

This book reexamines the concept of the animal on the plane of immanence, as opposed to the traditional viewpoint founded on the plane of transcendence. Following Deleuze and Guattari’s notion that philosophy is a discipline of creating concepts, this book traces how the concept of the animal was ...

Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals

Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals

1st Edition

By Karen M. Morin
February 25, 2020

Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals explores resonances across human and nonhuman carceral geographies. The work proposes an analysis of the carceral from a broader vantage point than has yet been done, developing a ‘trans-species carceral geography’ that includes spaces of nonhuman captivity, ...

Horse Breeds and Human Society Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse

Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse

1st Edition

Edited By Kristen Guest, Monica Mattfeld
November 28, 2019

This book demonstrates how horse breeding is entwined with human societies and identities. It explores issues of lineage, purity, and status by exploring interconnections between animals and humans. The quest for purity in equine breed reflects and evolves alongside human subjectivity shaped by ...

Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters

Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters

1st Edition

By Claire Parkinson
July 25, 2019

This book critically investigates the pervasiveness of anthropomorphised animals in popular culture. Anthropomorphism in popular visual media has long been denounced for being unsophisticated or emotionally manipulative. It is often criticised for over-expressing similarities between humans and ...

Shared Lives of Humans and Animals Animal Agency in the Global North

Shared Lives of Humans and Animals: Animal Agency in the Global North

1st Edition

Edited By Tuomas Räsänen, Taina Syrjämaa
January 17, 2019

Animals are conscious beings that form their own perspective regarding the lifeworlds in which they exist, and according to which they act in relation to their species and other animals. In recent decades a thorough transformation in societal research has taken place, as many groups that were ...

Historical Animal Geographies

Historical Animal Geographies

1st Edition

Edited By Sharon Wilcox, Stephanie Rutherford
April 30, 2018

Arguing that historical analysis is an important, yet heretofore largely underexplored dimension of scholarship in animal geographies, this book seeks to define historical animal geography as the exploration of how spatially situated human–animal relations have changed through time. This volume ...

Animal Housing and Human–Animal Relations Politics, Practices and Infrastructures

Animal Housing and Human–Animal Relations: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures

1st Edition

Edited By Kristian Bjørkdahl, Tone Druglitrø
February 06, 2018

This book provides an in-depth investigation into the practices of animal housing systems with international contributions from across the humanities and social sciences. By attending to a range of different sites such as the zoo, the laboratory, the farm and the animal shelter, to name a few, the ...

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