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The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People and Significant Otherness (Paradigm) Paperback – 15 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (15 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971757585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971757585
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Donna Haraway is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department, UC-Santa Cruz.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Social Metaphysics of Humans-in-Relation 6 Nov. 2006
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The previous comment seems to me to miss the plot of Haraway's text. I don't mean to cause offense by saying this, but only to explain why I feel like I should write. The way I read this manifesto, Haraway is working to lay out a social metaphysics that takes relations with radical otherness as integral to and inseparable from any identity. Classical liberalist / modernist theory imagines humans as fundamentally discrete and fungible. This necessarily produces hostility to anything marked as other (e.g., women, dogs, nature, etc.). By drawing off her earlier cyborg theory, Whitehead's process metaphysics, and her own very intimate and concrete relationship with her beloved companion, Haraway is working to construct an intimate and concrete conceptual alternative. This is probably not a text that you would want to wander into without at least some previous (e.g., undergrad) introduction to 3rd wave feminist theory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs and Humans: The New Pack 21 Jan. 2006
By Timothy B. Hurst - Published on
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The traditional contradictions found in relationships between human/nature, nature/machine, art/science, have no place in this work by Donna Haraway. In The Companion Species Manifesto (2003), Haraway 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" (61). 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" (28). 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. While this book was a good read, it seems incomplete at times and could use some further fleshing out of the logic and themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Philosophical Exercise 30 Nov. 2012
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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, as 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 is 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read at an affordable price 14 Mar. 2015
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A great price for an important treatise. Very portable - no electricity needed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd PoV 9 July 2015
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Really strange perspective. Author doesn't support her point very well.
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