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

  • How the Social Thinks
    Text Added May 3rd, 2018
  • Disgust in Other Species
    Text Added April 26th, 2018
  • Nonhuman Culture
    Text Added April 26th, 2018
  • Learning from Social Species
    Text Added April 26th, 2018
  • Introducing Social Theory for Nonhumans
    Text Added April 26th, 2018
  • Social Partners Across Species
    Text Added April 25th, 2018

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About

    • isbn
      978-1-4529-5844-6
    • publisher
      University of Minnesota Press
    • publisher place
      Minneapolis, Minn.