By Donna J. Haraway
In 2006, approximately sixty nine million U.S. families had pets, giving houses to round 73.9 million canines, 90.5 million cats, and 16.6 million birds, and spending greater than 38 billion cash on spouse animals. As by no means earlier than in heritage, our pets are really family members. however the thought of “companion species”—knotted from people, animals and different organisms, landscapes, and technologies—includes even more than “companion animals.”
In When Species Meet, Donna J. Haraway digs into this greater phenomenon to consider the interactions of people with many types of critters, specifically with these known as family. on the center of the booklet are her reports in agility education along with her canine Cayenne and Roland, yet Haraway’s imaginative and prescient right here additionally encompasses wolves, chickens, cats, baboons, sheep, microorganisms, and whales donning video cameras. From clothier pets to lab animals to knowledgeable treatment canine, she deftly explores philosophical, cultural, and organic points of animal–human encounters.
In this deeply own but intellectually groundbreaking paintings, Haraway develops the assumption of better half species, those that meet and holiday bread jointly yet no longer with out a few indigestion. “A good deal is at stake in such meetings,” she writes, “and results usually are not assured. there's no guaranteed satisfied or unsatisfied ending-socially, ecologically, or scientifically. there's simply the opportunity for purchasing on including a few grace.”
Ultimately, she unearths that recognize, interest, and information spring from animal–human institutions and paintings powerfully opposed to principles approximately human exceptionalism.
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When Species Meet (Posthumanities) by Donna J. Haraway