Animals, Plants, People, and Things: A Review of Multispecies Ethnography

  title={Animals, Plants, People, and Things: A Review of Multispecies Ethnography},
  author={Laura A. Ogden and Billy Hall and Kimiko Tanita},
Th is article defi nes multispecies ethnography and links this scholarship to broader currents within academia, including in the biosciences, philosophy, political ecology, and animal welfare activism. Th e article is organized around a set of productive tensions identifi ed in the review of the literature. It ends with a discussion of the “ethnographic” in multispecies ethnography, urging ethnographers to bring a “speculative wonder” to their mode of inquiry and writing. 

Phytocommunicability and Cross-Species Sociality

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Wild-ing the Ethnography of Conservation: Writing Nature’s Value and Agency In

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Beyond multispecies ethnography: Engaging with violence and animal rights in anthropology

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Multispecies Studies Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness

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Breaking Through Disciplinary Barriers: Human–Wildlife Interactions and Multispecies Ethnography

The case study of coexistence between people of the Nalu ethnic group and Critically Endangered western chimpanzees at Cantanhez National Park in Guinea-Bissau is used to demonstrate how biological and social research approaches can be complementary and can inform conservation initiatives at the human–primate interface.

Subalterns in the House: Sites for a Postcolonial Multispecies Ethnography

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  • Sociology
    Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment
  • 2022
Multispecies ethnography attempts to bring to the forefront those animal lives previously overlooked by charting our shared social worlds and showing how humans and nonhumans are mutually affected by

Cunning as... a Wolf Multispecies Relations Between Humans and Wolves in Eastern Siberia

  • Lia Zola
  • Environmental Science
    1 | 2 | 2021 Humanities, Ecocriticism and Multispecies Relations. Proceedings (part I)
  • 2021
Recent anthropological reasoning fostered by the ontological turn debate, has tackled the issue of multispecies ethnography: it deals with the lives and deaths of all the creatures that for decades

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Under the rubric of an “anthropology of life,” I call for expanding the reach of ethnography beyond the boundaries of the human. Drawing on research among the Upper Amazonian Runa and focusing, for

Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces

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Reimagining Political Ecology

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Wild Profusion: Biodiversity Conservation in an Indonesian Archipelago

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Alien Plant Invasion

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