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Deciding on other’s lives:: Construction of the human and nonhuman other in human-nonhuman animal relations.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis employs internet ethnography and a feminist post humanist perspective in order to investigate situated power in the construction of human and nonhuman others in humannonhuman animal relations. Through a case study within a Spanish context, the thesis focuses on these relations through the dichotomy between the concept of human family and interspecies family in regard to care, empathy and love. The primary data for the study consists of images from a news article and comments to it posted on Facebook in 2015, concerning medical research spaces used by dogs. Similar secondary data is used to support the study. The study is performed from a perspective of “situated knowledges” (Haraway 1991). The aim is to investigate how actions and articulations of thought affect others and, most importantly, nonhuman others, by meaning-construction in human-nonhuman animal relations. The theoretical frame of the thesis explores the concepts of anthroparchy (Cudworth 2011), caninophiliac narcissism (Haraway 2003), carnophallogocentrism (Derrida 1991), love and empathy, myth (Barthes 1957) and the deconstruction of the subject. A material-semiotic analysis combined with a deconstructive approach is performed using diffraction (Haraway 1997, 2004; Barad 2007) as an analytical tool and method applied to images and texts, which are treated as “imploded objects” (Haraway 1988, 1991). As a result, the constructions of human-nonhuman animal relations and their participating subjects (dogs and people, mainly the animal advocate woman) are analysed and discussed. The study concludes that the articulations of who the subject entitled to receive and give love and care is, affects both the construction of the human and the nonhuman other in humannonhuman animal relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
advocate, animal, anthroparchy, caninophiliac narcissism, care, carnophallogocentrism, Jacques Derrida, diffraction, dog, ethics, feminism, ethnography, Donna Haraway, human-nonhuman animal relations, imploded object, material-semiotic, posthumanist, power, semiotics, subject, woman.
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129051ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC1-A—16/001—SEOAI: diva2:934947
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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