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    Description"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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    Title
    When Species Meet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donna J. Haraway
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780816650460
    ISBN 10: 0816650462
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFFZ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15310
    Ingram Subject Code: AN
    Libri: I-AN
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    BISAC V2.8: NAT039000, SOC026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI010000
    DC22: 179.3, 179/.3
    BISAC V2.8: PET010000
    LC classification: QL85 .H37 2008
    Thema V1.0: JBFU
    Publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
    Imprint name
    University of Minnesota Press
    Publication date
    26 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Minneapolis
    Review quote
    Donna Haraway's latest book, "When Species Meet," is a stunning meditation on the ordinary. Tying together questions of interspecies encounters and alternative practices of world building, Haraway explores how contemporary human beings interact with various critters to form meanings, experiences, and worlds. The text effortlessly slides between theory and autobiography; one of the driving connections in this regard is Ms. Cayenne Pepper, an Australian sheepdog whose "darter-tongue kisses" compel Haraway to look closely at what biologist Lynn Margulis calls "symbiogenesis," a process that explains how life forms continually intermingle, leading to ever more "intricate and multidirectional acts of association of and with other life forms." From lab animals to interspecies love to breeding purebreds, Haraway ensures that her readers will never look at human-animal encounters of any sort in the same way again. While those familiar with Haraway's oeuvre will find numerous connections to her earlier work, she does an excellent job of narrating how she came to the questions at the heart of "When Species Meet "and (perhaps most importantly) what is at stake for her in these questions, politically and otherwise. Of particular interest to philosophy buffs are Haraway's gratifying critiques of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's well-known writing on "becoming-animal"; these critiques arise as part of Haraway's overall challenge to the boundaries between "wild" or "domestic" creatures. Similarly, her response to Jacques Derrida's ruminations on animals reveals the provocations that can arise from work that pokes holes in conventional disciplinary engagements with any given topic. Haraway's willingness to take on both biology and philosophy, to cite only two of her resources, results in suggestive insights on a number of issues, but especially (with Derrida, et. al.) regarding the question of what it means to take animals seriously. I found Haraway's considerableb