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.
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Ant Colonies: Culture or Personality?
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Social Insects and Evolutionary Convergence
Text Added November 20th, 2017
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Over the Top Sociality
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