“The Companion Species Manifesto” is about the implosion of nature and culture in the In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. The Companion Species Manifesto has ratings and 36 reviews. In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. They are not just. The companion species manifesto: dogs, people, and significant otherness by Haraway, Donna. Article in Social Anthropology 15(2) · June with

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I always knew that if I turned up pregnant, I wanted the being in my womb to be a member of another species” Her primary goal is to root through our relationships with dogs and break them down into the most primal urges and ideas. I found the theory for the most part pretty watery, though I really liked the way she made her point that inter- subjectivity doesn’t supervene on equality.

Im just surprised since there is so much to unpack there -the part about loving a “kind” of dog rather than individual dogs One of my professor once said something along the lines of, knowing nothing is bad but knowing a little about something can sometimes be worse. She also argues that the ideal companionship with a dog comes out of training and work, not unconditional love which she calls abuse The connections she makes don’t amount to much besides asking us to replace cyborgs with dogs.

This leap came in the form of friendship and love. She focuses her writing on her favorite dog breeds, the Great Pyrenees and the Australian Shepard. I read this because I was once a research assistant for a project on the “Companion species” bond which was never finished due to the death of the researcher.

I need to learn to inhabit histories, not disown them, least of all through the cheap tricks of puritanical critique.

I like dogs so I enjoyed this, but Haraway could have done more to help readers connect her dog stories to larger issues. Unfortunately, Haraway’s new manifesto lacks the depth and complexity of her mids manifesto. Oct 20, Christy rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Then she won me back with her dorkily lengthy, mildy psychotic and undoubtably neurotic maxims on how to play a team sport with your pet. Is the pages-long version present viral online legitimate or it’s only half of the book?


I can’t say what I got out of this book.

Open Preview See a Problem? Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Harraway undergoes an exploration of Being with — Being with dogs as companion species. Haraway says, and I admire her for it: It is a bit self-indulgent and a little messy, but I like the messiness of it if not the former part.

Xompanion you are a big fan of Haraway’s feminist work, you might be a little disappointed by this book. Haraway wrote her manifesto in the wake of early s scientific research which posited that dogs and humans both played active roles in canine domestication.

The Companion Species Manifesto

Damn, I lost this book somewhere. Personally, I can understand where she is coming from, and the argument she attempts to make, but the evidence is next to nonexistent.

Useful little book as what it says it is – a Manifesto. This struck me because — it’s true that we don’t have a good way to talk about what dogs mean to us; this shows up whenever someone’s dog dies, and that person is devastated, and yet even to those of us who have experienced it ourselves and take it seriously, it doesn’t seem like a serious form of grief.

Jun 28, Justin Abraham rated it really liked it Shelves: Neither are they just an alibi for other themes; dogs The Companion Species Manifesto is about the implosion of nature and culture in the joint lives of dogs and people, who are bonded in “significant otherness.

And exert a curious power — dogs just mean something to us, even if they no longer provide us the evolutionary advantage needed to survive.

What it is, though, is a beautiful and fully committed exploration of what it means to be part of an emergent human-nonhuman dyad with all its complexities and historical-embeddedness. Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures.


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I gave this book 5 stars simply on hsraway conceptual framework it offers to a wide range of human It suffers from writing that at times approaches the panicked hyperventilated utterances of a creative twelve year old with a technical vocabulary. Trivia About The Companion Spe This was the only big fluffy dog among I found her dogged punning in the first sections of the book annoying rather than playful, and then felt vindicated and pissy when it petered out in the second half. The Lives of Animals: Fascinating personal and genre-defying.

Via training, he learns to communicate and is granted status an individual. The later portions are somewhat interesting.

Or maybe i just haven’t been reading enough theory lately and need to bulk up on brainpower How many pages does this manifesto actually have? As Haraway puts it: When Species Meet Posthumanities.

The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness by Donna J. Haraway

Jan 08, Michelle Taylor added it. In most instances, being wordy is fine. I do not necessarily dismiss her thoughts, but they are unfounded and drawn from her own mind. I love inter-species communication and this concept of “significant otherness”–plus I’ve been really into dogs lately–so I enjoyed this, but found it unnecessarily academic.

I’m surprised that Haraway doesn’t seem to mind the “special risk” of dogs in a society where dogs might be judged by their ability to do a herding job versus a being-a-pet job. I enjoyed this read as it made me rethink relationships with my own dog. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It is through this process that we know the history of our cultural dpnna with dogs.