Social Theory for Nonhumans

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John Hartigan

Social Theory for Nonhumans

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John Hartigan

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.

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Recent Activity

  • Ant Colonies: Culture or Personality?
    Text Added January 26th, 2018
  • Thinking Fish
    Text Added November 28th, 2017
  • Social Insects and Evolutionary Convergence
    Text Added November 20th, 2017
  • Bat Talk
    Text Added November 13th, 2017
  • On the hypersociality of dogs. Looking for typical sociality, our own species may also cross the line https://t.co/kg1lHGtCxi #st4nonhumans

    August 11th, 2017
  • Over the Top Sociality
    Text Added August 11th, 2017

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About

  • isbn
    9781452958446
  • publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
  • publisher place
    Minneapolis, Minn.