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Shared Lives of Humans and Animals
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Shared Lives of Humans and Animals

Animal Agency in the Global North
Tuomas Räsänen, Taina Syrjämaa
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Shared Lives of Humans and Animals

Animal Agency in the Global North
Tuomas Räsänen, Taina Syrjämaa
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Animals are conscious beings that form their own perspective regarding the lifeworlds in which they exist, and according to which they act in relation to their species and other animals. In recent decades a thorough transformation in societal research has taken place, as many groups that were previously perceived as being passive or subjugated objects have become active subjects. This fundamental reassessment, first promoted by feminist and radical studies, has subsequently been followed by spatial and material turns that have brought non-human agency to the fore. In human–animal relations, despite a power imbalance, animals are not mere objects but act as agents. They shape our material world and our encounters with them influence the way we think about the world and ourselves.

This book focuses on animal agency and interactions between humans and animals. It explores the reciprocity of human–animal relations and the capacity of animals to act and shape human societies. The chapters draw on examples from the Global North to explore how human life in modernity has been and is shaped by the sentience, autonomy, and physicality of various animals, particularly in landscapes where communities and wild animals exist in close proximity. It offers a timely contribution to animal studies, environmental geography, environmental history, and social science and humanities studies of the environment more broadly.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2017
ISBN
9781351857109
Topic
Physical Sciences
Subtopic
Geography
Edition
1

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