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

The Companion Species Manifesto Dogs People and Significant Otherness 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 In all their historical complexity Donna Ha

  • Title: The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness
  • Author: Donna J. Haraway
  • ISBN: 9780971757585
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter They are not just surrogates for theory, she says they are not here just to think with Neither are they just an alibi for other themes dogsThe 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 In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter They are not just surrogates for theory, she says they are not here just to think with Neither are they 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 Manifesto, where the slogan for living on the edge of global war has to be not just cyborgs for earthly survival but also, in a doggish idiom, shut up and train.

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    • James Payne says:

      Donna Haraway loves dogs.

    • Christy says:

      With this manifesto, Haraway moves away from the figure of the cyborg (which made her famous) and toward the figure of the companion species--specifically, the dog. She attempts to do much the same thing with dogs that she did with cyborgs, saying:"Cyborgs and companion species each bring together the human and non-human, the organic and technological, carbon and silicon, freedom and structure, history and myth, the rich and the poor, the state and the subject, diversity and depletion, modernity [...]

    • Christine Leja says:

      I read this because I was once a research assistant for a project on the "Companion species" bond (which was never finished due to the death of the researcher). 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?). I'm not sure who she imagines as her audience, besides herself. The history of certain dog breeds is told in monotonous detail while she skates over dense theory with a few sentences. This read [...]

    • Rob says:

      (5/10) Okay, let's get this out of the way: I'm not a dog person. Hate 'em. But even putting that aside, I didn't really see the point to this book. 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. But instead of doing that, Haraway spends most of the book simply reeling off facts about various dog breeds and training techniques. The value of this book is that it opens up a question that could help lead us to a more e [...]

    • Jen Hirt says:

      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. Haraway says, and I admire her for it: "To regard a dog as a furry child, even metaphorically, demeans dogs and children --and sets up children to be bitten and dogs to be killed" (37). So few people actually say [...]

    • Jacob says:

      Harraway undergoes an exploration of Being with – Being with dogs as companion species. 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. By mapping the breeding stories of Great Pyrenees, Australian Shepherds and Puerto Rica's Satos in the second half of the book, we can underst [...]

    • Michael Burnam-Fink says:

      Haraway is a titan of feminist studies of science and technology but did you also know that she's a crazy dog lady? The Companion Species Manifesto is a love letter to Canis familiaris in general, and Cayenne Pepper, an Australian Shepherd, in particular. This brief volume is a sequel-parody of her famous Cyborg Manifesto (may we all write something so wildly interpreted), but focusing on dogginess, the love of dogs, the intense awareness and trust of human/dog agility competition, domesticity, [...]

    • Christine says:

      I enjoyed this read as it made me rethink relationships with my own dog. However, much of this read was not new as concepts of Kinship, Relationality, and Accountability between human and animals exists within Indigenous philosophies, theories, and epistemologies. While I realize that Haraway has reached these concepts from another perspective, i.e. via intersections of cyborgs, dogs, and othernesses (which I respect), her arguments and manifesto could be greatly enriched if she critically engag [...]

    • Jonna Higgins-Freese says:

      Summary: duh and huh. Dogs are our kin. Duh. "one made possible by the concrescence of prehensions of many actual occasions." Huh?Dogs and humans have shaped and formed each other, carry records of our interactions in their genomes. Uh huh.And yet, "[Dogs] are not a projection, nor the realization of an intention, nor the telos of anything. They are dogs, i.e a species in obligatory, constitutive, historical, protean relationship with human beings. The relationship is not especially nice; it is [...]

    • sam says:

      Interesting book. It suffers from writing that at times approaches the panicked hyperventilated utterances of a creative twelve year old with a technical vocabulary

    • Holly says:

      half theoretical, half a dog lover.

    • James Klagge says:

      The early portions of this book are virtually unintelligible. The later portions are somewhat interesting.

    • Lucila ✨ not your feisty Latina ✨ says:

      Even though the overall ideas are interesting, I feel the execution failed simply because Donna Haraway is biased and it shows. I would hardly call this a Manifesto given most of it is the author's love for dogs. There were glimmers of brilliance in several approaches of the like of the quote below: "To regard a dog as a furry child, even metaphorically, demeans dogs and children --and sets up children to be bitten and dogs to be killed"But they get buried with pages and pages of information on [...]

    • Kars says:

      Suggests 'companion species' as an alternative to the cyborg for thinking about how we humans coevolve with technology, and talks at length about dogs to illustrate the complexities of such an approach. I like dogs so I enjoyed this, but Haraway could have done more to help readers connect her dog stories to larger issues. In the other hand that might be too much to ask from a 100 page manifesto.

    • Alisa Cupcakeland says:

      I really liked the chapter of Love Stories, but that's it. As a manifesto it is not a very easy read, yet for a complex read, it does not feel too grounded on theory. I think there were some good ideas, but they were executed poorly. Also, she frequently jumps from one thing to another without fully developing certain topics. As my first time reading Donna Haraway I'm quite disappointed.

    • Jade Walters says:

      One to read and re-read. Offers the only theory of i have yet to truly identify with.

    • Michelle Taylor says:

      Haraway wrote her manifesto in the wake of early 2000s scientific research which posited that dogs and humans both played active roles in canine domestication. In it, she advocates awareness of our co-evolutionary histories with companion species and with dogs specifically. To demonstrate what it might look like to remember these histories, she documents the breed histories of the Great Pyrenees and the Australian Shepherd. These experimental case studies fall a bit flat, however, especially bec [...]

    • Erica says:

      It's especially hard to be disappointed by your idols. The sense of revelatory joy I felt after reading Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto left me desperate to read everything I could of hers. But where the Cyborg Manifesto succeeds, in deep, complex, critical engagement with her subject, this fails. Biased is perhaps the mildest way to put it. Haraway is bizarrely unable to examine her own perspective here, instead using her considerable intellect to justify her clearly pre-determined positions, positi [...]

    • Katie says:

      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. Then she won me back with her dorkily lengthy, mildy psychotic and undoubtably neurotic maxims on how to play a team sport with your pet. I found the theory for the most part pretty watery, though I really liked the way she made her point that inter- subjectivity doesn't supervene on equality. This was the only big fluffy dog among [...]

    • David says:

      Fascinating personal and genre-defying. Even as a manifesto it seems not quite to fit. What it is, though, is a beautiful and fully committed exploration of what it means to be part of an emergent human-nonhuman dyad with all its complexities and historical-embeddedness. Haraway is focusing on dogs, and mostly on particular types of dogs, but that fits with her stated situation. (For me, naturally, it provided interesting questions/similarities/contrasts with my own relations with my three cats, [...]

    • Justin Abraham says:

      Let alone the thinking, such a creative and funny writer who has written a book with perfect rhythm. 'reevaluating domestication and coevolution' 'kinship, training, obedience, the soul' 'ongoing alertness to otherness' 'breed respect in flesh' 'companion species amnesia' 'try to live other tropes, other metaplasms' 'creative grace of play' & my fav. 'ontological choreography'

    • Daichi says:

      I just don't understand how Ruff Love is not compulsion. (Chapter Positive Bondage)Mashes in references, overly complicated vocab and super long sentences. Some passages are just excruciating to read and cipher. Maybe just me. Nothing new maybe (its dogs instead of cyborgs) but interesting I guess. I just really dislike her style of writing.

    • J Levy says:

      I gave this book 5 stars simply on the conceptual framework it offers to a wide range of human-. Relationships. "In old-fashioned terms, The Companion Species Manifesto is a kinship claim, one made possible by the concrescence of prehensions of many actual occasions. Companion species rest on contingent foundations". Brilliant!

    • Emily says:

      I love inter-species communication and this concept of "significant otherness"--plus I've been really into dogs lately--so I enjoyed this, but found it unnecessarily academic. Or maybe i just haven't been reading enough theory lately and need to bulk up on brainpower

    • Justiina Dahl says:

      Leaving her old ally, the cyborg, in the sidelines Donna Haraway shows how the history of dogs includes all the same, if not more, of the possibilities of dualism-braking qualities in re-conceptualization of power structures.

    • Victor says:

      From a dog lover's perspective, she explores the meaning of science, the training of dogs, and the meaning of relationships with other beings.Damn, I lost this book somewhere.

    • Laurel Braitman says:

      Not for the faint of heart. Or the weak or tired. But worth it.

    • Mirthe says:

      Yes. Dogs are cyborgs, too.

    • Susan says:

      Strong start, weak finish: this should have been an afterword to the Cyborg Manifesto, upon which it usefully expands.

    • Gersande says:

      J'adore ce bouquin, pamphlet, qu'importe! But it must be said that Donna Harroway's writing is only lucidly clear whenever she starts describing the sexual behaviours and escapades of her dogs.

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