“The Companion Species Manifesto” is about the implosion of nature and culture in the In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. The Companion Species Manifesto has ratings and 36 reviews. In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. They are not just. The companion species manifesto: dogs, people, and significant otherness by Haraway, Donna. Article in Social Anthropology 15(2) · June with

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I think garaway were some good ideas, but they were executed poorly. They are here to live with” 5. As a means of opening up the parameters for what constitutes ‘Companion Species’, Haraway thinks through our relationship with our dogs but insists on incorporating other species.

Haraway wrote her manifesto in the wake of early s scientific research which posited that dogs and humans both played active roles in canine domestication. This is also a nice compact read. I need to learn to inhabit histories, not disown them, least of all through the cheap tricks of puritanical critique. Following the ideas of Vicki Hearne, Haraway endorses the idea that “dogs obtain ‘rights’ in specific humans.

This was the only big fluffy dog among I found her dogged punning in the first sections of the book annoying rather than playful, and then felt vindicated and pissy when it petered out in the second half.

So few people actually say If you, like me, don’t think of your dog as a “furbaby,” and you also cannot conceive of seriously calling yourself a “dog mom” or “dog dad,” and you happen to be able to comprehend critical theory from time to time without wanting to throw the work across the room, then read this book.

They are not just surrogates for theory, she says; they are not here just to think with. Even as a manifesto it seems not quite to fit.

Haraway wants to position the companion species as a kind of new model for humanity, and I think it’s an idea worth looking at. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Or, in regard to telling the story of street dogs in Puerto Rico rescued, rehabilitated, and shipped to forever homes in the US, “I am interpellated into this story in mind and heart. I also read her manifesto with a very analytical approach and, especially as a biochemistry major, my interest was initially peaked when she began to talk about biology; however, as you noticed, she only provides a surface analysis of the co-evolution of humans and dogs, which troubled me as well.


The history of certain dog breeds is told in monotonous detail while manifesyo skates over dense theory with a few sentences. They are dogs, i. They are here to live with.

The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness, Haraway

Quitando la historia de los perros pastores del Pirineo, mahifesto ha dado todo bastante igual. Nothing new maybe its dogs instead of cyborgs but interesting I guess. In these ways, Haraway’s manifesto provides interesting ways of thinking through companion species relationships, but it falls short of the theoretical rigor I had hoped for based on her earlier work.

The Companion Species Manifesto: She also argues that the ideal companionship with a dog comes out of training and work, not unconditional love which she calls abuse This struck me because — it’s true that we don’t have a good way to talk about what dogs mean to us; this shows up whenever someone’s dog dies, and that person is devastated, and yet even to those of us who have experienced it ourselves and take it seriously, it doesn’t seem like a serious form of grief.

Honestly, I tend to take Haraway as performance art, an academic version of Lord Buckley. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Haraway admits in her secies that the point of her manifesto is a personal, or anecdotal, one. She recounts the history of the breeds, their origins, uses, training, and thinking. Haraway says, and I admire her for it: She focuses her writing on her favorite dog breeds, the Great Pyrenees and the Australian Shepard.

From a dog lover’s perspective, she explores the meaning of science, the training of dogs, and the meaning of relationships with other beings. At the very least we allow ourselves to be disappointed, because unconditional love simply does donha exist.


The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness by Donna J. Haraway

Man and Animal Meridian: The later portions are somewhat interesting. If you are a big fan of Haraway’s feminist work, you might be a little disappointed by this book. Want to Read saving…. Ironically, it is in her Australian Shepherd history that she writes: I have respect for some of Haraway’s other work, but this piece was a frenetic jumble of half-formed ideas and gestures and thus a manifesto?

Too often, too many words were used when less could have been, and it would be preferable for the sake of clarity and understanding. In it, she advocates awareness of our co-evolutionary histories with companion species and with dogs specifically. Jun 28, Justin Abraham rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. There’s a story there. Paperbackpages.

Nov 24, David rated it really liked it Shelves: To demonstrate what it might look like to remember these histories, she documents the breed histories of the Great Pyrenees and the Australian Shepherd.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I’ve read many of her sources, known people who do agility and herding work, and am pretty well read in terms of feminist theory.

The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And yet, “[Dogs] are not a projection, nor the realization of an intention, nor the telos of anything. Central to this text is an emphasis on the ability to tell the stories of ourselves and our companion species, to be honest about where we came from, and how we got to where we are now, so that we might be able to participate in conversations about how to go forward.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness. I want to learn how to narrate this co-history and how to inherit the consequences of co-evolution in hzraway.