Shaving the Beasts: Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain
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About the Author
John Hartigan Jr. is professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. His most recent books include Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity and Aesop's Anthropology: A Multispecies Approach (both from Minnesota).
"Deftly pushing against three-quarters of a century of ethnographic tradition, John Hartigan Jr. creates an earnest multispecies anthropology rich with methodological and theoretical promise. He decenters the human, entangles ethological and ethnographic method and first-person narrative, and invites us to imagine a truly multispecies social theory. The horses remain the focus amid the enticing and challenging assertions about how we could (should) be 'doing' anthropology with other-than-humans in the Anthropocene."--Agustín Fuentes, Princeton University"In this sympathetic account of Galician wild horses and cultural rituals, John Hartigan Jr. offers an important multispecies intervention into how we conceptualize sociality and subjectivity. His clear and lively prose captures the nuance of horse interactions and relationships, making this book a pleasure to read and teach."--Laura A. Ogden, author of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades