Hybrid Communities: Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships

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Charles Stépanoff, Jean-Denis Vigne
Routledge, Aug 6, 2018 - Social Science - 306 pages

Domestication challenges our understanding of human-environment relationships because it blurs the dichotomy between what is artificial and what is natural. In domestication, biological evolution, environmental change, techniques and practices, anthropological trajectories and sociocultural choices are inextricably interconnected. Domestication is essentially a hybrid phenomenon that needs to be explored with hybrid scientific approaches.

Hybrid Communities: Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships attempts for the first time to explore domestication viewed from across disciplines both in its origins and as an ongoing process. This edited collection proposes new biosocial approaches and concepts which integrate the methods of social sciences, archaeology and biology to shed new light on domestication in diachrony and in synchrony.

This book will be of great interest to all scholars working on human-environment relationships, and should also attract readers from the fields of social anthropology, archaeology, genetics, ecology, botany, zoology, history and philosophy.

 

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Contents

Introduction
A genetic perspective on the domestication continuum
Selfdomestication or human control? The Upper Palaeolithic domestication
human complex relationships with dogs wolves
Wild game or farm animal? Tracking humanpig relationships in ancient times
Arable weeds as a case study in planthuman relationships beyond
viruses as companion species
Milk as a pivotal medium in the domestication of cattle sheep and goats
plants and humans over generations among
entangled human
past and present auxiliary animals assisting
Why did the Khamti not domesticate their elephants? Building a hybrid
Cognition and emotions in dog domestication
Domestication and animal labour
Domesticating the machine? Reconfiguring domestication practices
humans and mosquitoes in Réunion Island

the impact of horses on early pastoralists sociality

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About the author (2018)

Charles Stépanoff is a social anthropologist (Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, École pratique des hautes études, Sorbonne, France). His research interests include human-animal relationships in hunting, herding and shamanism in North Asia.

Jean-Denis Vigne is an archaeologist (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelles, Sorbonne Universités, France). His research interests lie in archaeozoology, focused on interaction dynamics between animals and human societies, namely domestication, since the last hunters to the preindustrial farmer societies, mostly in the Mediterranean area, Southwest Asia and Central Asia and China.

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