“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 technologiesincludes 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 endingsocially, 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.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 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
Crittercam: Compounding Eyes in Naturecultures 249
Becoming Companion Species in Technoculture 275
Parting Bites: Nourishing Indigestion 285
Publication History 393
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With this book, Haraway confirms her new interest about the interconnectedness between human and other species. Although all the chapters focus on this subject, the book can also be read as a collection of essays, some autobiographic. This is a promising book to add to the rediscover of same topic by several other authors, namely Derrida. What Haraway adds is the technological component and this component opens new possibilities