This original and insightful book explores how horses can be considered as social actors within shared interspecies networks. It examines what we know about how horses understand us and how we perceive them, as well as the implications of actively recognising other animals as actors within shared social lives. This book explores how interspecies relationships work, using a variety of examples to demonstrate how horses and people build social lives. Considering horses as social actors presents new possibilities for improving the quality of animal lives, the human condition and human-horse relations.
Part One: Introducing Horse-Human Relationships
Chapter One: Equine co-travellers
Chapter Two: Animals as social actors: Relations, action and agency
Part Two: Thinking Horses: How Humans Set the Context
Chapter Three: Natural Horses
Chapter Four: Symbolic Horses
Chapter Five: Equestrian Cultures
Part Three: Meeting Horses: Moving Together
Chapter Six: Choreographies
Chapter Seven: Moving with Motive
Part Four: Acting on Equine Agency
Chapter Eight: Agency Matters
Chapter Nine: Agency, Action and Horses: Unstable Relations
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@example.com) and Henry Buller (H.Buller@exeter.ac.uk)