Animating the Urban: an Ethological and Geographical Conversation

Barua, Maan and Sinha, Anindya (2017) Animating the Urban: an Ethological and Geographical Conversation. Social & Cultural Geography, 18.

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Abstract: Urban animals and their political ecologies constitute an arena of geographical scholarship that has intensified in recent years. Yet, little headway has been made in terms of understanding how sentient creatures inhabit and negotiate dynamic, metabolic environments. Focusing on urban macaques in Indian cities, the paper develops a conversation between geography and ethology. Firstly, the conversation provides insights into what urbanisation might entail for animals. Secondly, it assays ways in which non-human knowledges enable rethinking what expertise counts in urban governance. Thirdly, the conversation foregrounds other spatial topologies of the urban that become evident when animals’ lifeworlds are taken into account. The paper advances efforts to animate urban political ecology in registers yet inattentive to non-human lifeworlds. It concludes by reflecting upon the purchase of such etho-geographical conversations generate for political ecologies of urbanisation.
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Keywords: political ecology; more-than-human geography; urban; animal; ethology; macaque
Subjects: Programmes > Animal Behaviour and Cognition
School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Ecology
School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Animal Studies
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 06:00
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2023 05:24
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    Funders: Mann Barua's research was supported by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship [Fellowship Number pf140038].
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