Critical Animal Geographies provides new geographical perspectives on critical animal studies, exploring the spatial, political, and ethical dimensions of animals’ lived experience and human-animal encounters. It works toward a more radical politics and theory directed at the shifting boundary between human and animal. Chapters draw together feminist, political-economic, post-humanist, anarchist, postcolonial, and critical race literatures with original case studies in order to see how efforts by some humans to control and order life – human and not – violate, constrain, and impinge upon others. Central to all chapters is a commitment to grappling with the stakes – violence, death, life, autonomy – of human-animal encounters. Equally, the work in the collection addresses head-on the dominant forces shaping and dependent on these encounters: capitalism, racism, colonialism, and so on. In doing so, the book pushes readers to confront how human-animal relations are mixed up with overlapping axes of power and exploitation, including gender, race, class, and species.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction, Rosemary-Claire Collard and Kathryn Gillespie PART I: POLITICS Chapter 2. Animal geographies, anarchist praxis and critical animal studies, Richard J White Chapter 3. Practice as theory: learning from food activism and performative protest, Eva Giraud Chapter 4. Pleasure, pain and place: ag-gag, crush videos, and animal bodies on display, Claire Rasmussen PART II: INTERSECTIONS Chapter 5. Wildspace: the cage, the supermax, & the zoo, Karen M. Morin Chapter 6. Commodification, violence and the making of workers and ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, John Joyce, Joseph Nevins, and Jill Schneiderman Chapter 7. Race, space, and wildlife management, Anastasia Yarbrough Chapter 8. Pit bulls, slavery, and whiteness in the mid- to late- nineteenth century US: geographical trajectories; primary sources, Heidi J. Nast PART III: HIERARCHIES Chapter 9. Coyotes in the city: gastro-ethical encounters in a more-than-human world, Gwendolyn Blue and Shelley Alexander Chapter 10. Livelier livelihoods: animal and human collaboration on the farm, Jody Emel, Connie L. Johnston, and Elisabeth Stoddard Chapter 11. En-listing life: red is the color of threatened species lists, Irus Braverman Chapter 12. Doing critical animal geographies: future directions, Rosemary-Claire Collard and Kathryn Gillespie
Rosemary-Claire Collard is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research looks at capitalism, environmental politics, science, and culture, especially film, with an eye to how they depend on and engender certain human-animal relations.
Kathryn Gillespie is a part-time Lecturer in Geography, the Honors Program, and the Comparative History of Ideas Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her research focuses on the lived experience of animals in spaces of commodity production (e.g., farming, breeding, sale, and slaughter), with a particular emphasis on those animals humans use for food.