PDF | On Jun 1, , DON HANDELMAN and others published The companion species manifesto: dogs, people, and significant otherness by Haraway. The Companion Species Manifesto has ratings and 36 reviews. In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. They are not just. In her Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant. Otherness, Donna Haraway talks about “cross-species sociality” and. “how a dog and.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Companion Species Manifesto is about the implosion of nature and culture in the joint lives of dogs and people, who are bonded in “significant otherness.

They are not just surrogates for theory, she says; they are not here just to think with. Neither are manifest just an alibi for other themes; dogs are fleshly material-semiotic presences in the body of technoscience.

They are here to live with. Partners in the crime of human evolution, they are in the garden from the get-go, wily as Coyote. This pamphlet is Haraway’s answer to her own Cyborg Manifestowhere the slogan for living on the edge of global war has to be not just “cyborgs for earthly survival” but also, in a more doggish idiom, “shut up and train. Manifestl more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. More intriguing and more encompassing but in the same line as her Cyborg work, this short text is an interesting philosophical exercise for thinking through the human relationship with dogs–and other ‘Others’ as well, manifestl the title suggests.


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. It is a fun experiment that makes evident Haraway’s true love for dogs, and her own dog especially. It psecies a bit self-indulgent and a little messy, but I like the messiness of it if not the former part.

It is nevertheless an interesting read. A book filled with fascinating insights on the relationships between humans and animals that questions how much of our understanding of being “human” is dependent of our four legged friends. Haraway not only raises some thought provoking and well placed points on the boundaries between people and animals, but also writes in a clear and often amusing way.

A great price for an important treatise. Very portable – no electricity needed! I can see a couple of reasons to read this book: Harraway introduces several ideas about the ways humans and dogs interact, while including the usual philosophical and historical background to help situate this relationship in the larger world. It is a fun little pamphlet. I read it in short bursts on the bus or while waiting for a friend to turn up to a restaurant. The book fits easily in a back pocket or purse so you can take it along speciex.

If you are a big fan of Haraway’s feminist work, you might be a little disappointed by this book. I was hoping to see her invoke a lot more of the ideas that she introduces in “Cyborg Manifesto,” but I understand now that she chose not to subordinate this topic to her earlier theory in order to do justice to this work as an end in itself.

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The Companion Species Manifesto

A good quick read for those with non-human friends, family, and acquaintances. This is a lovely, engaging short volume. It was just the right mix of theory and very pragmatic discussion to appeal to anyone from the reader who just plain loves dogs In The Companion Species ManifestoHaraway spends a fair portion of the book in what seems to be a possible beginning of a future book; in honor of Foucault, she might name it “The Birth of the Kennel” Haraway’s distinctively postmodernist style gives voice to those groups who otherwise do not have any; she speaks mostly of dogs in the book but notes that the dog is really a metaphor, “Let the dog stand for all domestic plant and animal species, subjected to human intent in stories of escalating progress or destruction, according to taste” The relationships between human and dog are seen as creating a new history, one that breaks down the traditionally bifurcated social construction among the species.


Humans more and more are defining themselves, their activity, and their lifestyle with dogs companion species in mind. This may be truer in Western cultures, but there is a curious “emergent natureculture” emanating in modern society, one that sees human-pet relations as central to one’s being.

Dogs are not only welcomed at some houses, they are expected, because they participate in the social structure we have created, a pack of humans and dogs with clearly delineated rules of social interaction and an equally clear, although often challenged hierarchy. The animals and humans interact within curious sets of relationships. Dogs and humans are certainly not the same species, no matter how large we define species as, but Haraway’s attempt at deconstructing relationships and reconstructing them in terms of intra-specie relations is both creative and difficult to conjure.

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

While this book was a good read, it seems incomplete at times and could use some further fleshing out of the logic and themes. See all 9 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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