Interspecies Care in a Hybrid Institution (2017)
Type of ContentChapters
PublisherRachel Carson Center
The Multispecies Reading Collective
Piers Locke challenges the presuppositions of an anthropological education delimited in narrowly humanist-cultural terms. Recognizing elephants as moral actors in the institutional space of the elephant stable, he reconceives traditionally humanist ethnography as interspecies ethnography. By noting the ethically contested debates about subordinating elephants to humans in captivity and suggesting that elephants can develop consenting relations of emotionally meaningful care with humans, Locke then asks if we should deprive ourselves of this interspecies possibility.
CitationLocke PEG (2017). Interspecies Care in a Hybrid Institution. In The Multispecies Reading Collective (Ed.), Troubling Species: Care and Belonging in a Relational World.: 77-82. Munich: Rachel Carson Center.
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Keywordselephants; ethics; ethnography; national parks
ANZSRC Fields of Research44 - Human society::4410 - Sociology::441002 - Environmental sociology
50 - Philosophy and religious studies::5001 - Applied ethics::500101 - Bioethics
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