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Aesop’s Anthropology

A Multispecies Approach

2015
Author:

John Hartigan Jr.

Aesop’s Anthropology

What can we learn about culture from other species?

Aesop’s Anthropology is a guide for thinking through the perplexing predicaments and encounters that arise as the line between human and nonhuman shifts in modern life. Recognizing that culture is not unique to humans, John Hartigan Jr. asks what we can learn about culture from other species. He pursues a variety of philosophical and scientific ideas about what it means to be social using cultural dynamics to rethink what we assume makes humans special and different from other forms of life. Through an interlinked series of brief essays, Hartigan explores how we can think differently about being human.

Aesop’s Anthropology is a guide for thinking through the perplexing predicaments and encounters that arise as the line between human and nonhuman shifts in modern life. Recognizing that culture is not unique to humans, John Hartigan Jr. asks what we can learn about culture from other species. He pursues a variety of philosophical and scientific ideas about what it means to be social using cultural dynamics to rethink what we assume makes humans special and different from other forms of life. Through an interlinked series of brief essays, Hartigan explores how we can think differently about being human.

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Aesop’s Anthropology

John Hartigan Jr. is professor of anthropology and director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Aesop’s Anthropology

Contents

Introduction
1. Are Natives Plants or People?
2. Nonhuman Cultures
3. The Social (re)Turn
4. Diversity
5. Horticultural Hermeneutic
6. Webs without Meaning
7. What Is a Garden?
8. Homology
9. Species Thinking
10. The Fables as Form
11. Model Organisms
12. Species in the News
13. Identifying Species
14. Domestication
15. Have Culture, Will Travel
Furthermore

Acknowledgments
Notes