Animal Intimacies

Animal Intimacies

Animal Intimacies breaks substantial new ground in animal studies, and Govindrajan’s detailed portrait of the social, political and religious life of the region will be of interest to cultural anthropologists and scholars of South Asia as ...

Author: Radhika Govindrajan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226560045

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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What does it mean to live and die in relation to other animals? Animal Intimacies posits this central question alongside the intimate—and intense—moments of care, kinship, violence, politics, indifference, and desire that occur between human and non-human animals. Built on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the mountain villages of India’s Central Himalayas, Radhika Govindrajan’s book explores the number of ways that human and animal interact to cultivate relationships as interconnected, related beings. Whether it is through the study of the affect and ethics of ritual animal sacrifice, analysis of the right-wing political project of cow-protection, or examination of villagers’ talk about bears who abduct women and have sex with them, Govindrajan illustrates that multispecies relatedness relies on both difference and ineffable affinity between animals. Animal Intimacies breaks substantial new ground in animal studies, and Govindrajan’s detailed portrait of the social, political and religious life of the region will be of interest to cultural anthropologists and scholars of South Asia as well.
Categories: Social Science

Caring for Glaciers

Caring for Glaciers

Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas Karine Gagné ... Magic Ladakh: An Intimate Picture of a Land of Topsy-Turvy Customs and Great Natural Beauty. ... Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas.

Author: Karine Gagné

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295744025

Category: History

Page: 258

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Regional geopolitical processes have turned the Himalayan region of Ladakh, in northwest India, into a strategic border area with an increasing military presence that has decentered the traditional agropastoralist economy. This in turn has led to social fragmentation, the growing isolation of elders, and ethical dilemmas for those who strive to maintain traditional subsistence activities. Simultaneously, climate change is causing glaciers—a vital source of life in the region—to recede, which elders perceive as the consequence of a broken bond with the natural environment and the deities that inhabit the landscape. Caring for Glaciers looks at the causes and consequences of ongoing social and cultural change in peoples’ relationship with the natural environment. It illuminates how relations of reciprocity - learned through everyday life and work in the mountains with the animals, glaciers, and deities that form Ladakh’s sacred geography - shape and nurture an ethics of care. Integrating contemporary studies of affect, landscape, and multispecies anthropology, Caring for Glaciers contributes to the anthropology of ethics by examining the moral order that develops through the embodied experience of life and work in the Himalayas.
Categories: History

Crooked Cats

Crooked Cats

Animal. london: reaktion. galhano alves, Joao pedro. 1999a. ... “Tigers and people: Strategies for Tiger Conservation in Sariska Tiger reserve, india. ... Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas.

Author: Nayanika Mathur

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226772080

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Big cats—tigers, leopards, and lions—that make prey of humans are commonly known as “man-eaters.” Anthropologist Nayanika Mathur reconceptualizes them as cats that have gone off the straight path to become “crooked.” Building upon fifteen years of research in India, this groundbreaking work moves beyond both colonial and conservationist accounts to place crooked cats at the center of the question of how we are to comprehend a planet in crisis. There are many theories on why and how a big cat comes to prey on humans, with the ecological collapse emerging as a central explanatory factor. Yet, uncertainty over the precise cause of crookedness persists. Crooked Cats explores in vivid detail the many lived complexities that arise from this absence of certain knowledge to offer startling new insights into both the governance of nonhuman animals and their intimate entanglements with humans. Through creative ethnographic storytelling, Crooked Cats illuminates the Anthropocene in three critical ways: as method, as a way of reframing human-nonhuman relations on the planet, and as a political tool indicating the urgency of academic engagement. Weaving together “beastly tales” spun from encounters with big cats, Mathur deepens our understanding of the causes, consequences, and conceptualization of the climate crisis.
Categories: Social Science

Becoming Organic

Becoming Organic

Govindrajan, Radhika, Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. ———. “ 'The Goat That Died for Family': Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies Kinship in India's ...

Author: Shaila Seshia Galvin

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300215014

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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A rich, original study of the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality that challenges assumptions of what organic means Tracing the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality, this book yields new understandings of this fraught concept. Shaila Seshia Galvin examines certified organic agriculture in India's central Himalayas, revealing how organic is less a material property of land or its produce than a quality produced in discursive, regulatory, and affective registers. Becoming Organic is a nuanced account of development practice in rural India, as it has unfolded through complex relationships forged among state authorities, private corporations, and new agrarian intermediaries.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

How to Make a Wetland

How to Make a Wetland

Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. . “'The Goat That Died for Family': Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies Kinship in India's Central Himalayas.

Author: Caterina Scaramelli

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503615410

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

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How to Make A Wetland tells the story of two Turkish coastal areas, both shaped by ecological change and political uncertainty. On the Black Sea coast and the shores of the Aegean, farmers, scientists, fishermen, and families grapple with livelihoods in transition, as their environment is bound up in national and international conservation projects. Bridges and drainage canals, apartment buildings and highways—as well as the birds, water buffalo, and various animals of the regions—all inform a moral ecology in the making. Drawing on six years of fieldwork in wetlands and deltas, Caterina Scaramelli offers an anthropological understanding of sweeping environmental and infrastructural change, and the moral claims made on livability and materiality in Turkey, and beyond. Beginning from a moral ecological position, she takes into account the notion that politics is not simply projected onto animals, plants, soil, water, sediments, rocks, and other non-human beings and materials. Rather, people make politics through them. With this book, she highlights the aspirations, moral relations, and care practices in constant play in contestations and alliances over environmental change.
Categories: Social Science

Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race

Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race

Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ———. 2018b. “More- Than- Human- Democracy: On the Political Lives of Cows, Rivers, and Mountains in India.

Author: María Elena García

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520301900

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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In recent years, Peru has transformed from a war-torn country to a global high-end culinary destination. Connecting chefs, state agencies, global capital, and Indigenous producers, this “gastronomic revolution” makes powerful claims: food unites Peruvians, dissolves racial antagonisms, and fuels development. Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race critically evaluates these claims and tracks the emergence of Peruvian gastropolitics, a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered orders. Through critical readings of high-end menus and ethnographic analysis of culinary festivals, guinea pig production, and national-branding campaigns, this work explores the intersections of race, species, and capital to reveal links between gastronomy and violence in Peru.
Categories: Social Science

Divine Consumption

Divine Consumption

Govindrajan, Radhika 2015 “The Goat That Died for Family”: Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies Kinship in India's Central Himalayas. American Ethnologist 42(3):504–19. 2018 Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central ...

Author: Stephen A. Dueppen

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781950446315

Category: History

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Kirikongo is an archaeological site composed of thirteen remarkably well-preserved discrete mounds occupied continually from the early first to the mid second millennium AD. It spans a dynamic era that saw the growth of large settlement communities and regional socio-political formations, development of economic specializations, intensification in interregional commercial networks, and the effects of the Black Death pandemic. The extraordinary preservation of architectural units, activity areas and industrial zones provides a unique opportunity to discern the cultural practices that created stratified mounds (tells) in this part of West Africa. Building from a new detailed zooarchaeological analysis and refinements in stratigraphic precision, this book argues that repeated ritual activity was a significant factor in the accumulation of stratified archaeological deposits. The book details consistencies in form and content of discrete loci containing animal bones, food remains, and broken and unbroken objects and suggests that these are the remnants of sequential ancestor shrines created when domestic spaces were converted to tombs or dedicated mortuary monuments were constructed. Continuities and transformations in ancestral rituals at Kirikongo inform on earlier West African ritual practices from the second millennium BC as well as political and social transformations at the site. More broadly, this case study provides new insights on anthropogenic mound (tell) formation processes, social zooarchaeology, material culture theory, historical ontology, and the analysis of ritual and religion in the archaeological record.
Categories: History

The Routledge Companion to Northeast India

The Routledge Companion to Northeast India

Social scientists have begun to think of 'interspecies communities' that embrace humans, animals, and plants (Govindrajan 2018; Lainé 2020; Sivaramakrishnan ... Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas.

Author: Jelle J. P. Wouters

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000636994

Category: Social Science

Page: 514

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The Routledge Companion to Northeast India is a trans-disciplinary and comprehensive compendium of a vital yet under-researched region in South Asia. It provides a unique guide to prevailing themes, theories, arguments, and history of Northeast India by discussing its life-forms – human and not – languages, landscapes, and lifeways in all its diversity and difference. The companion contains authoritative entries from leading specialists from and on the region and offers clear, concise, and illuminating explanations of key themes and ideas. A hands-on, practical, and comprehensive guide to Northeast India, this companion fills a significant gap in the literature and will be an invaluable teaching, learning, and research resource for scholars and students of Northeast India Studies, South Asian and Southeast Asian societies, culture, politics, humanities, and the social sciences in general.
Categories: Social Science

Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas

Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas

Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. Gyamtsho, Pema. 2001. “Economy of Yak Herders.” Journal of Bhutan Studies 2 (1): 1–45. Haraway, Donna Jeane.

Author: Dan Smyer Yü

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000397581

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

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Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Commoning, Sustainability showcases how the eco-geological creativity of the earth is integrally woven into the landforms, cultures, and cosmovisions of modern Himalayan communities. Unique in scope, this book features case studies from Bhutan, Assam, Sikkim, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sino-Indian borderlands, many of which are documented by authors from indigenous Himalayan communities. It explores three environmental characteristics of modern Himalayas: the anthropogenic, the indigenous, and the animist. Focusing on the sentient relations of human-, animal-, and spirit-worlds with the earth in different parts of the Himalayas, the authors present the complex meanings of indigeneity, commoning and sustainability in the Anthropocene. In doing so, they show the vital role that indigenous stories and perspectives play in building new regional and planetary environmental ethics for a sustainable future. Drawing on a wide range of expert contributions from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanist disciplines, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental humanities, religion and ecology, indigenous knowledge and sustainable development more broadly.
Categories: Business & Economics

Near Human

Near Human

“Transposing Bodies of Knowledge and Technique: Animal Models at Work in Reproductive Sciences.” Social Studies of Science 42 ... Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago ...

Author: Mette N. Svendsen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978818231

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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Near Human takes us into the borders of human and animal life. In the animal facility, fragile piglets substitute for humans who cannot be experimented on. In the neonatal intensive care unit, extremely premature infants prompt questions about whether they are too fragile to save or, if they survive, whether they will face a life of severe disability. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork carried out on farms, in animal-based experimental science labs, and in hospitals, Mette N. Svendsen shows that practices of substitution redirect the question of "what it means" to be human to "what it takes" to be human. The near humanness of preterm infants and research piglets becomes an avenue to unravel how neonatal life is imagined, how societal belonging is evaluated, and how the Danish welfare state is forged. This courageous multi-sited and multi-species approach cracks open the complex ethical field of valuating life and making different kinds of pigs and different kinds of humans belong in Denmark.
Categories: Social Science