Domestication Gone Wild

Politics and Practices of Multispecies Relations

Book Pages: 272 Illustrations: 8 photographs Published: October 2018

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography

The domestication of plants and animals is central to the familiar and now outdated story of civilization's emergence. Intertwined with colonialism and imperial expansion, the domestication narrative has informed and justified dominant and often destructive practices. Contending that domestication retains considerable value as an analytical tool, the contributors to Domestication Gone Wild reengage the concept by highlighting sites and forms of domestication occurring in unexpected and marginal sites, from Norwegian fjords and Philippine villages to British falconry cages and South African colonial townships. Challenging idioms of animal husbandry as human mastery and progress, the contributors push beyond the boundaries of farms, fences, and cages to explore how situated relations with animals and plants are linked to the politics of human difference—and, conversely, how politics are intertwined with plant and animal life. Ultimately, this volume promotes a novel, decolonizing concept of domestication that radically revises its Euro- and anthropocentric narrative.

Contributors. Inger Anneberg, Natasha Fijn, Rune Flikke, Frida Hastrup, Marianne Elisabeth Lien, Knut G. Nustad, Sara Asu Schroer, Heather Anne Swanson, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Mette Vaarst, Gro B. Ween, Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme


"Highly recommended for students and researchers interested in human/nonhuman relationships. ... Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals." — E. N. Anderson, Choice

"Not only this collection’s varied perspectives, but also its emerging questions, form a welcome contribution to the study of human/non-human relationships in our troubled times of extractivism and anthropogenic climate change." — Juan Javier Rivera Andía, PoLAR

“What do Pacific salmon, British falcons, pine trees everywhere, Ifugao pigs and spirits, and Norwegian apples have in common? They perform ‘domestication’ in ways certain to change the narratives and politics of domestication for scholars of whatever discipline and for critter people all over the earth. Read this book for up-to-the-minute, deeply researched, very smart, contentious takes on the shapes of conjoined humans and nonhumans living and dying together in diverse histories of civilization, colonialism, capitalism, times-past, and times-yet-to-come. Perhaps what opens up in this book are real possibilities for caring more materially in urgent times.” — Donna J. Haraway, author of Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

Domestication Gone Wild provides an important intervention in the ways we understand domestication as a kind of developmental stage in world civilization. Its contributors examine how slippery the boundaries are between ‘domestic’ and ‘wild.’ A significant contribution to debates in environmental humanities, posthumanist philosophy, and the politics of difference, this volume will appeal to a broad audience concerned with the ethics of living in a time of ecological crisis.” — Laura A. Ogden, author of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades


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Heather Anne Swanson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University.

Marianne Elisabeth Lien is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo.

Gro B. Ween is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Cultural History Museum, University of Oslo.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction. Naming the Beast—Exploring the Otherwise / Marianne Elisabeth Lien, Heather Anne Swanson, and Gro B. Ween  1
Part I. Intimate Encounters: Domestication from Within
1. Breeding with Birds of Prey: Intimate Encounters / Sara Asu Schroer  33
2. Pigs and Spirits in Ifugao: A Cosmological Decentering of Domestication / Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme  50
3. Dog Ears and Tails: Different Relational Ways of Being with Canines in Aboriginal Australia and Mongolia / Natasha Fijn  72
4. Farm Animals in a Welfare State: Commercial Pigs in Denmark / Inger Anneberg and Mette Vaarst  94
5. Ducks into Houses: Domestication and Its Margins / Marianne Elisabeth Lien  117
Part II. Beyond the Farm: Domestication as World-Making
6. Domestication Gone Wild: Pacific Salmon and the Disruption of the Domus / Heather Anne Swanson  141
7. Natural Goods on the Fruit Frontier: Cultivating Apples in Norway / Frida Hastrup  159
8. Domestication of Air, Scent, and Disease / Rune Flikke  176
9. How the Salmon Found Its Way Home: Science, State Ownership, and the Domestication of Wild Fish / Gro B. Ween and Heather Anne Swanson  196
10. Wilderness through Domestication: Trout, Colonialism, and Capitalism in South Africa / Knut G. Nustad  215
Provocation. Nine Provocations for the Study of Domestication / Anna Tsing  231
Contributors  252
Index  255
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-7126-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-7133-5
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