When Species Meet

When Species Meet

by Donna J. Haraway
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816650462

ISBN-13: 9780816650460

Pub. Date: 11/26/2007

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

“When Species Meet is a breathtaking meditation on the intersection between humankind and dog, philosophy and science, and macro and micro cultures.” —Cameron Woo, Publisher of Bark magazine

In 2006, about 69 million U.S. households had pets, giving homes to around 73.9 million dogs, 90.5 million cats, and 16.6 million birds, and spending over

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“When Species Meet is a breathtaking meditation on the intersection between humankind and dog, philosophy and science, and macro and micro cultures.” —Cameron Woo, Publisher of Bark magazine

In 2006, about 69 million U.S. households had pets, giving homes to around 73.9 million dogs, 90.5 million cats, and 16.6 million birds, and spending over $38 billion dollars on companion animals. As never before in history, our pets are truly members of the family. But the notion of “companion  species”—knotted from human beings, animals and other organisms, landscapes, and technologies—includes much more than “companion animals.”

In When Species Meet, Donna J. Haraway digs into this larger phenomenon to contemplate the interactions of humans with many kinds of critters, especially with those called domestic. At the heart of the book are her experiences in agility training with her dogs Cayenne and Roland, but Haraway’s vision here also encompasses wolves, chickens, cats, baboons, sheep, microorganisms, and whales wearing video cameras. From designer pets to lab animals to trained therapy dogs, she deftly explores philosophical, cultural, and biological aspects of animal-human encounters.

In this deeply personal yet intellectually groundbreaking work, Haraway develops the idea of companion species, those who meet and break bread together but not without some indigestion. “A great deal is at stake in such meetings,” she writes, “and outcomes are not guaranteed.  There is no assured happy or unhappy ending—socially, ecologically, or scientifically. There is only the chance for getting on together with some grace.”

Ultimately, she finds that respect, curiosity, and knowledge spring from animal-human associations and work powerfully against ideas about human exceptionalism.

One of the founders of the posthumanities, Donna J. Haraway is professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Author of many books and widely read essays, including The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness and the now-classic essay “The Cyborg Manifesto,”she received the J. D. Bernal Prize in 2000, a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Social Studies in Science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816650460
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
11/26/2007
Series:
Posthumanities Series
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
472,433
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
We Have Never Been Human
When Species Meet: Introductions     3
Value-Added Dogs and Lively Capital     45
Sharing Suffering: Instrumental Relations between Laboratory Animals and Their People     69
Examined Lives: Practices of Love and Knowledge in Purebred Dogland     95
Cloning Mutts, Saving Tigers: Bioethical Angst and Questions of Flourishing     133
Notes of a Sportswriter's Daughter
Able Bodies and Companion Species     161
Species of Friendship     181
Training in the Contact Zone: Power, Play, and Invention in the Sport of Agility     205
Tangled Species
Crittercam: Compounding Eyes in Naturecultures     249
Chicken     265
Becoming Companion Species in Technoculture     275
Parting Bites: Nourishing Indigestion     285
Notes     303
Publication History     393
Index     395

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