- Series: Paradigm
- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971757585
- ISBN-13: 978-0971757585
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (Paradigm)
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-you are a fan of Haraway (like me!)
-you are a fan of non-fiction about dogs or other non-humans
-you want advice about how to live with/train a dog
The book is fairly successful on all three accounts. Harraway introduces several ideas about the ways humans and dogs interact, while including the usual philosophical and historical background to help situate this relationship in the larger world.
It is a fun little pamphlet. I read it in short bursts on the bus or while waiting for a friend to turn up to a restaurant. The book fits easily in a back pocket or purse so you can take it along anywhere.
If you are a big fan of Haraway's feminist work, you might be a little disappointed by this book. I was hoping to see her invoke a lot more of the ideas that she introduces in "Cyborg Manifesto," but I understand now that she chose not to subordinate this topic to her earlier theory in order to do justice to this work as an end in itself.
Humans more and more are defining themselves, their activity, and their lifestyle with dogs (companion species) in mind. This may be truer in Western cultures, but there is a curious "emergent natureculture" emanating in modern society, one that sees human-pet relations as central to one's being. Dogs are not only welcomed at some houses, they are expected, because they participate in the social structure we have created, a pack of humans and dogs with clearly delineated rules of social interaction and an equally clear, although often challenged hierarchy. The animals and humans interact within curious sets of relationships. Dogs and humans are certainly not the same species, no matter how large we define species as, but Haraway's attempt at deconstructing relationships and reconstructing them in terms of intra-specie relations is both creative and difficult to conjure. While this book was a good read, it seems incomplete at times and could use some further fleshing out of the logic and themes.