Social Theory for Nonhumans
This project aims to rethink forms of social analysis by tapping natural sciences research on other social species. The basic idea is that we have a skewed understanding of sociality from focusing strictly on its human manifestations. Granted, ours is uniquely shaped by state structures and market economics, but other species have divisions of labor, too, and even engage in cross-species practices of domestication. More fundamentally, human sociality still turns on micro-interactions between networked subjects, in a manner quite similar to that of copious other species, from birds to bacteria. But grasping this requires an ongoing engagement with genetic, biological, and ethological research produced on such species, brought into dialogue with philosophical and social science traditions of theorizing culture and sociality. Social Theory for Nonhumans is a theory-in-progress undertaking, developing commentary on newly published science research which then feeds into chapter drafts for the upcoming book version.
Project Thumbnail created by Sarvesh Nanthakumar and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Hero image modified from the work of Sarvesh Nanthakumar on Wikimedia Commons.
How the Social ThinksText Added May 3rd, 2018
Disgust in Other SpeciesText Added April 26th, 2018
Nonhuman CultureText Added April 26th, 2018
Learning from Social SpeciesText Added April 26th, 2018
Introducing Social Theory for NonhumansText Added April 26th, 2018
Social Partners Across SpeciesText Added April 25th, 2018