Crossing Boundaries: Investigating Human-Animal by Lynda Birke, Jo Hockenhull

By Lynda Birke, Jo Hockenhull

Many of us suppose powerful bonds with nonhuman animals, and those relationships are critical to a lot rising scholarship in human-animal reviews. but to check relationships isn't really straight forward; examine frequently makes a speciality of how people have an effect on animals or vice versa instead of at the relationships themselves. partially, this can be a outcome of the heritage of disciplinary divisions, quite among ordinary and social sciences. during this publication, individuals from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds think about the methodological demanding situations they face, and the way they pass approximately learning relationships among humans and animals. The publication offers interesting insights into how learn on human-animal relationships can upward thrust to the demanding situations of interdisciplinarity, and aid us to appreciate the animals with whom we bond.

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However, it will suffice for the current point: when ‘thinking about’ animals we simply must remember that we are thinking about embodied individuals living their lives entangled with humans and their own wider environment. We are not thinking about abstract categories and above all we are not thinking about abstract categories that exist simply to give humans something to define themselves against, a category against which to constantly prove and reiterate their own humanity. Unfortunately, however, in the majority of work pertaining to animals (at least from the social sciences), this seems to be a point often overlooked.

This is the focus of the current chapter. Animals I share my life with two troublesome terriers—‘my’ dogs. I think ‘through’ my dogs. g. Tester, 1991). ’ I talk to them, I ask them questions, I think what their worlds might be like and how they may be ordered (olfactorily, for instance instead of cerebrally), I try to think what they 40 Nik Taylor might want or wish for, what makes their lives different to mine (other than four legs and a furry face). I am curious about this ‘we’ that we constitute—canine and human—and how it might be and feel for them.

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