Humans, animals and biopolitics: the more-than-human condition

From enviro-pigs to farmed fish, and from animal rights to flu-infected birds and nomadic camels, the book reflects the multi-sited and multi-species ways in which human-animal lives are practised and politicised. A key question for this book, edited by Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitrø and Steve Hinchliffe, is how might we glimpse alternative ways of being, or becoming, more-than-human from these experiences?

Being human is not as simple as it may sound. `We’ are not necessarily who we think we are. Rather, humans are bound together with a host of others, upon whom we depend for our knowledge, for our sustenance, for companionship and much besides. Central to that co-existence are the multiple relations that people have with nonhuman animals. How have these often iniquitous and fraught relationships been enacted and shaped in recent history, and how are they performed and sometimes made uniform in different settings?

This book brings together a range of leading scholars from Science And Technology Studies (STS), Geography, History and Anthropology, in order to interrogate, empirically and theoretically, human-animal relations. Chapters are conceptually grounded, though many of them question theoretical frameworks that tend to obfuscate rather than illuminate the insights that can be gained from detailed field or archival work. From enviro-pigs to farmed fish, and from animal rights to flu-infected birds and nomadic camels, the book reflects the multi-sited and multi-species ways in which human-animal lives are practised and politicised. A key question for this book is how might we glimpse alternative ways of being, or becoming, more-than-human from these experiences?

This book will be required reading for those interested in human-animal relations, including advanced undergraduate students, postgraduates and researchers in Geography, STS, Anthropology, Sociology and History. It will be central to any programme that involves re-thinking the ways in which we live together as, and become, `more-than-human others’.

The book is published by Routledge.

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