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ISBN-10: 1478011289
ISBN-13: 9781478011286
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11/06/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.53" H

Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary for Our Times

Editor: Renisa Mawani

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Price: $25.95

Overview

From yaks and vultures to whales and platypuses, animals have played central roles in the history of British imperial control. The contributors to Animalia analyze twenty-six animals–domestic, feral, predatory, and mythical–whose relationship to imperial authorities and settler colonists reveals how the presumed racial supremacy of Europeans underwrote the history of Western imperialism. Victorian imperial authorities, adventurers, and colonists used animals as companions, military transportation, agricultural laborers, food sources, and status symbols. They also overhunted and destroyed ecosystems, laying the groundwork for what has come to be known as climate change. At the same time, animals such as lions, tigers, and mosquitoes interfered in the empire’s racial, gendered, and political aspirations by challenging the imperial project’s sense of inevitability. Unconventional and innovative in form and approach, Animalia invites new ways to consider the consequences of imperial power by demonstrating how the politics of empire–in its racial, gendered, and sexualized forms–played out in multispecies relations across jurisdictions under British imperial control.

Contributors. Neel Ahuja, Tony Ballantyne, Antoinette Burton, Utathya Chattopadhyaya, Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Peter Hansen, Isabel Hofmeyr, Anna Jacobs, Daniel Heath Justice, Dane Kennedy, Jagjeet Lally, Krista Maglen, Amy E. Martin, Renisa Mawani, Heidi J. Nast, Michael A. Osborne, Harriet Ritvo, George Robb, Jonathan Saha, Sandra Swart, Angela Thompsell

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"Animalia is a charming and creative primer concerning the central role animals played in the British empire.... Inviting further research, the chapters are rich in ideas, themes, and postulations."–Miles Alexander Powell "Journal of Pacific History" (6/28/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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Details

ISBN-10: 1478011289
ISBN-13: 9781478011286
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11/06/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.53" H
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