In the early 1960s anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss suggested that scholars should pay closer attention to animals and that by “thinking with” them we might understand human societies in new ways. Scholars in the contemporary social sciences and humanities pay close attention to animals. Animals have cosmological significance, kinship meanings, subsistence values, economic values, social exchange meanings, and socio-ecological importance. Globally, people have social relations that encompass animals and social relations with animals. While the attention to animals is clearly not new in the social sciences and humanities, the consideration of animals and their place within and outside of human society has increased in the last decade.
We seek papers for Environment and Society: Advances in Research that focus on animal-human relations of all kinds, that survey the changes that have occurred in the field, and that work to re-think the importance of animals in contemporary social science. Some possible topics or approaches we will consider are: biopolitics, post-human theory, ethics, animals in ethnography, animal-human relations, animals and conservation, animals as subsistence, the utilitarian use of animals, human/animal conflict, multi-species relations, animal histories/histories of animals, animals as commodities, animals and justice, animal logics, animals and science, animals and law (e.g. patented animals, cloning, trade), urban animals, social identity and animals, animal abuse, animals as pets, the archaeological study of animals, and the history of animals in the social sciences and humanities.
Environment and Society: Advances in Research publishes critical reviews of the latest research literature including subjects of theoretical, methodological, substantive and applied significance. Articles also survey the literature regionally and will reflect the work of anthropologists, geographers, environmental scientists and human ecologists from all parts of the world. Given the emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, the articles will be written in a style that encourages communication and exchange within and beyond social sciences. The publication is meant to appeal to academic, research, policy-making and other applied audiences.