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Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas

Radhika Govindrajan


What does it mean to live a life that is knotted with other lives for better or worse? This ethnography of everyday multispecies relationships in the mountain villages of India’s Central Himalayan region traces how human pasts, presents, and futures come to be bound up with those of the many nonhuman animals who share this world with them, creating ties of relatedness between them that trouble the “naturalness” of categories such as human and animal, nature and culture, kinship and biology. This multispecies relatedness does not erase the differences and hierarchies that exist between differen ... More

Keywords: multispecies ethnography, human-animal relations, kinship, Hinduism, Himalayas, gender and sexuality, South Asia, environmental anthropology, conservation, agrarian studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226559841
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226560045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Radhika Govindrajan, author
University of Washington