When Species Meet (Livre numérique Google)
U of Minnesota Press, 2008 - 423 pages
“When Species Meet is a breathtaking meditation on the intersection between humankind and dog, philosophy and science, and macro and micro cultures.” —Cameron Woo, Publisher of Bark magazine
In 2006, about 69 million U.S. households had pets, giving homes to around 73.9 million dogs, 90.5 million cats, and 16.6 million birds, and spending over $38 billion dollars on companion animals. As never before in history, our pets are truly members of the family. But the notion of “companion species”—knotted from human beings, animals and other organisms, landscapes, and technologies—includes much more than “companion animals.”
In When Species Meet, Donna J. Haraway digs into this larger phenomenon to contemplate the interactions of humans with many kinds of critters, especially with those called domestic. At the heart of the book are her experiences in agility training with her dogs Cayenne and Roland, but Haraway’s vision here also encompasses wolves, chickens, cats, baboons, sheep, microorganisms, and whales wearing video cameras. From designer pets to lab animals to trained therapy dogs, she deftly explores philosophical, cultural, and biological aspects of animal-human encounters.
In this deeply personal yet intellectually groundbreaking work, Haraway develops the idea of companion species, those who meet and break bread together but not without some indigestion. “A great deal is at stake in such meetings,” she writes, “and outcomes are not guaranteed. There is no assured happy or unhappy ending—socially, ecologically, or scientifically. There is only the chance for getting on together with some grace.”
Ultimately, she finds that respect, curiosity, and knowledge spring from animal-human associations and work powerfully against ideas about human exceptionalism.
One of the founders of the posthumanities, Donna J. Haraway is professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Author of many books and widely read essays, including The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness and the now-classic essay “The Cyborg Manifesto,” she received the J. D. Bernal Prize in 2000, a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Social Studies in Science.
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"I am not a posthumanist; I am who I become with companion species, who and which make a mess out of categories in the making of kin and kind" (19). (she is, rather, "nonhumanist": see 92-93) "The coming into being of something unexpected, something new and free, something outside the rules of function and calculation, something not ruled by the logic of the reproduction of the same, is what training with each other is about" (223). Great praise is due Haraway for her use and interchange with so much material lacking in animal theory, namely, current research (not just the usual von Uexküll and Kohler) of biologists, ethologists, and geneticists, and for her close attention to on-the-ground experience. We animal thinkers should be aware that deep nonanthropocentric research and thinking has been going on in communities with whom we virtually never speak or think! Let us have the biologists if they will have us! Also to be praised: her attention to the ordinary, mundane (watchwords for Haraway here) that includes both naturalcultural (Haraway's locution) canine/human ecology and history and, above all, actual animals, who are not ciphers (as is Derrida's cat), but rather actual fellow "critters" (Haraway's word, smartly chosen to avoid "creatures") with desires and needs that can affect the sufficiently attentive, sufficiently open human (here I would have liked to have seen DH work with Acampora's humanimal phenomenology of "bodiment"). The human disaggregates to a certain degree in this relationship that, perhaps, is so active, so transformative, that it should not be called "relationship." I would have liked more Deleuze and Guattari to get a thicker sense of the work this does, since, without their thought, I often felt that Haraway was all too frequently just worrying the same points, or giving me a variant of their thought with a different vocabulary (e.g., "reciprocal induction" (228)). Instead, there's not much D&G in this at all, despite how much their work on mobile molecular assemblages works with Haraway's becoming-with dogs in training: I can't help but feel that DH dismisses D&G as retaliation for their dismissal of housepets and, indeed, their misogynist sneer at old women (I can't help but feel this, but I can't help but recognize the unfairness of my own feeling, especially given the smart notes on 314). Also, When Species Meet is throughout insufficiently attentive to violence, even when it attends to actual violence (see DH's proposals for animal experimentation, e.g., 75, which move but do not convince me). WSpeciesM is especially inattentive to what Cary Wolfe called "the logic of the pet," by which Haraway's dog Cayenne gets singled out for this mutually transforming care, effected in part through the rewards of liver cookies. Whose liver gets eaten? Who or what is being punished for the knowledge this eaten liver should memorialize? At the same time, most animal work--Wolfe, the rights and liberation people, (me), and, above all, Derrida--is at heart an animal victimology. Its strength is its seriousness. But there's so much left out when we think only in terms of the murderous reaction that forms l'animot. As DH presents it, Derrida errs by foreclosing the work of ethologists and humanimal mitsein by leaving his cat as a great mystery, virtually a symbol--despite JD's assurances of nonexemplarity--of the nonpower at the heart of power. What would have happened if JD had talked of playing with his cat? A final, necessary point in this disjointed review: while the abundant biographical material--emails to canine listservs, a memoir of her father's senescent decline--at once displays and enacts the interactive communities of being-as-becoming so key to her arguments, I can't help--for now--feeling that a good 100 pages of the book is filler: this is likely theoretically retrograde of me, and perhaps even anti-feminist (see Jane Tompkins' famous "Me and My Shadow").
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Haraway is a genius, w/out a doubt, & while it seems people like to bitch about her writing & style, she is radical, in every sense of the word. One of the best books I've read in a long while.
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