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When species meet

Author: Donna Jeanne Haraway; International Society for Science and Religion.
Publisher: [Cambridge] : [International Society for Science and Religion], [2009?] ©2008
Series: Posthumanities, 3.; ISSR library, no. 224.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Haraway, Donna Jeanne.
When species meet.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007029022
(OCoLC)156975211
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donna Jeanne Haraway; International Society for Science and Religion.
ISBN: 9780816650453 0816650454 9780816650460 0816650462 0816654034 9780816654031
OCLC Number: 757517901
Notes: "ZZ5 HD21"--Spine.
Previously published: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Description: x, 423 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. I. We have never been human --
1. When species meet : introductions --
2. Value-added dogs and lively capital --
3. Sharing suffering : instrumental relations between laboratory animals and their people --
4. Examined lives : practices of love and knowledge in purebred dogland --
5. Cloning mutts, saving tigers : bioethical angst and questions of flourishing --
pt. II. Notes of a sportswriter's daughter --
6. Able bodies and companion species --
7. Species of friendship --
8. Training in the contact zone : power, play, and invention in the sport of agility --
pt. III. Tangled species --
9. Crittercam : compounding eyes in naturecultures --
10. Chicken --
11. Becoming companion species in technoculture --
12. Parting bites : nourishing indigestion.
Series Title: Posthumanities, 3.; ISSR library, no. 224.
Responsibility: Donna J. Haraway.
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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. --

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