Foucault and Animals


Foucault and Animals is the first collection of its kind to explore the relevance of Michel Foucault’s thought for the question of the animal. Chrulew and Wadiwel bring together essays from emerging and established scholars that illuminate the place of animals and animality within Foucault’s texts, and open up his highly influential range of concepts and methods to different domains of human-animal relations including experimentation, training, zoological gardens, pet-keeping, agriculture, and consumption. Touching on themes such as madness and discourse, power and biopolitics, government and ethics, and sexuality and friendship, the volume takes the fields of Foucault studies and human-animal studies into promising new directions.

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Pages: 339–344
Pages: 345–356
Matthew Chrulew, Ph.D. (2011) is a research fellow in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. His essays have appeared in Angelaki, SubStance, New Formations, Foucault Studies and elsewhere.

Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Ph.D. (2006) is a Lecturer in Human rights and Socio-Legal Studies at The University of Sydney. He is author of the monograph The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).
“Overall, the book is very important as it provides a new theoretical framework and thereby deep insights into the domain of animal studies. It very strongly questions the dominant perspectives and theories of the field.” — Vijay Laxmi Mall, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Comparative Sociology 18 (2019)
List of Contributors
Editor’s Introduction: Foucault and Animals, Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel
Part One: Discourse and Madness
1. Terminal Truths: Foucault’s Animals and the Mask of the Beast, Joseph Pugliese
2. Chinese Dogs and French Scapegoats: An Essay in Zoonomastics, Claire Huot
3. Violence and Animality: An Investigation of Absolute Freedom in Foucault’s History of Madness, Leonard Lawlor
4. The Order of Things: The Human Sciences are the Event of Animality, Saïd Chebili.
(Translated by Matthew Chrulew and Jeffrey Bussolini)

Part Two: Power and Discipline
5. “Taming the wild profusion of existing things”: A Study of Foucault, Power, and Human/Animal Relationships, Clare Palmer
6. Dressage: Training the Equine Body , Natalie Corinne Hansen
7. Foucault’s Menagerie: Cock Fighting, Bear Baiting, and the Genealogy of Human-Animal Power, Alex Mackintosh
Part Three: Science and Biopolitics
8. The Birth of the Laboratory Animal: Biopolitics, Animal Experimentation, and Animal Wellbeing, Robert G. W. Kirk
9. Animals as Biopolitical Subjects, Matthew Chrulew
10. Biopower, Heterogeneous Biosocial Collectivities and Domestic Livestock Breeding, Lewis Holloway and Carol Morris
Part Four: Government and Ethics
11. Apum Ordines: Of Bees and Government, Craig McFarlane
12. Animal Friendship as a Way of Life: Sexuality, Petting and Interspecies Companionship, Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel
13. Foucault and the Ethics of Eating, Chloë Taylor
Afterword, Paul Patton

All interested in the work of Michel Foucault, or the question of the animal in contemporary thought (including animal ethics and human-animal relations).
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