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Living with Animals: Bonds across Species

Natalie Porter Ilana Gershon Yasmine Musharbash



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Cornell University Press
15 September 2018
Animals & society
Living with Animals is a collection of imagined animal guides-a playful and accessible look at different human-animal relationships around the world. Anthropologists and their co-authors have written accounts of how humans and animals interact in labs, in farms, in zoos, and in African forests, among other places. Modeled after the classic A World of Babies, an edited collection of imagined Dr. Spock manuals from around the world-With Animals focuses on human-animal relationships in their myriad forms.

This is ethnographic fiction for those curious about how animals are used for a variety of different tasks around the world. To be sure, animal guides are not a universal genre, so Living with Animals offers an imaginative solution, doing justice to the ways details about animals are conveyed in culturally specific ways by adopting a range of voices and perspectives. How we capitalize on animals, how we live with them, and how humans attempt to control the untamable nature around them are all considered by the authors of this wild read.

If you have ever experienced a moment of what if curiosity-what is it like to be a gorilla in a zoo, to work in a pig factory farm, to breed cows and horses, this book is for you. A light-handed and light-hearted approach to a fascinating and nuanced subject, Living with Animals suggests many ways in which we can and do coexist with our non-human partners on Earth.
Edited by:   Natalie Porter, Ilana Gershon
Other:   Yasmine Musharbash
Imprint:   Cornell University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   417g
ISBN:   9781501724824
ISBN 10:   1501724827
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   15 September 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Ilana Gershon is a professor of anthropology at Indiana University. She is the author of A World of Work, Down and Out in the New Economy, No Family is an Island, and The Breakup 2.0. Natalie Porter is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.

Reviews for Living with Animals: Bonds across Species

Porter and Gershon deftly position this collection in a long-running tradition of reflection on ethnographic fieldwork that will make it recognizable to academics who've yet to be drawn into multispecies research but are curious what all the fuss is about. Living with Animals makes a significant contribution to the field by providing much-needed guidance on how to pursue such lines of inquiry, while also advancing the species turn in a variety of intriguing directions. -- John Hartigan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, and author of <I>Care of the Species: Cultivating Biodiversity in Mexico and Spain</I> Contributors to this collection explore the tensions, joys and contradictions of becoming human with other animals. While a range of styles enliven this volume and make it a pleasure to read, the authors' commitments to unsettling assumptions about species difference will keep you thinking for years to come. -- Laura Ogden, author of <I>Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades</I>

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