In this book, we reclaim the term “resistance” by exploring how animals can “resist” their commodification through blocking and allowing human intervention in their lives. In the cases explored in this volume, animals lead humans to rethink their relationship to animals by either blocking and/or allowing human commodification. In some cases, this results in greater control exercised on the animals, while in others, animals’ resistance also poses a series of complex moral questions to human commodifiers, sometimes to the point of transforming humans into active members of resistance movements on behalf of animals.
Julien Dugnoille received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford (2015). Now a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Exeter, he is the author of Dogs and cats in South Korea: Itinerant commodities, published with Purdue University Press (2021).
Elizabeth Vander Meer received a Ph.D. from Lancaster University (2008). She has published many papers and articles on a wide range of anthrozoological issues, and has recently been focusing on circus animals.
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
1 “If They Could Talk It Would Be Perfect” Visibility of Individual Wild Animals in French Circus Spectacle Elizabeth Vander Meer
2 The Silence and the Fury Addressing Animal Resistance and Agency through the History of Human-Animal Relationships Violette Pouillard
3 The Mejiro Bird Between Commodity, Conservation, and Companion Charlotte Linton
4 Grounding Intimacies Human-Bovid Coexistence and Community Development in Hong Kong Daisy Bisenieks
5 Growing Profitable Deer Livestock and the Individual in Deer Farming Christopher Ward
6 Speaking about Farming Embodied Deliberation and Resistance of Cows and Farmers in the Netherlands Eva Meijer
7 Pièce de Resistance Sartrean Existentialism in Small-Scale Farming Julien Dugnoille
Academics and students (undergraduates, postgraduates in study and research programmes) in Anthropology, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Politics, Geography, Anthrozoology, Psychology, Animal Studies, Animal Welfare, Social Justice, Animal Law, Urban Design and Architecture. Professionals (animal NGOs, veterinarians) and members of the general public interested in Animal justice, Animal welfare, Human-animal interactions.