A blog published by the Anthropology and Environment Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association
Multi-Species Anthropology: Becoming Human with Others
The Western notion of “the human” as we know it is unraveling. From fields as diverse as developmental biology, epigenetics, environmental history, science and technology studies, and anthropology, we are learning new ways that the histories and trajectories of humans are bound up with those of other species. We once imagined discrete, autonomous individuals, each programmed with a unique genetic blueprint and interacting with the “natural environment.” Today, the boundaries between distinct realms of (human) culture and (non-human) nature are dissipating. What implications, if any, might it have for anthropology’s key concepts, assumptions, and practices? How might it change the ways that anthropologists engage with environmental issues? What can specific examples of how people “become human with others” teach us about this emergent object of study? This thematic series of blog posts presents a set of multi-species stories in response to these questions.