Ethnography after Humanism

Power, Politics and Method in Multi-Species Research

  • Lindsay Hamilton
  • Nik Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
    Pages 1-19
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 23-49
    3. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 51-67
    4. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 69-86
  4. Field-work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 89-109
    3. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 111-130
    4. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 131-151
    5. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 153-171
    6. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 173-191
    7. Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor
      Pages 193-204
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-210

About this book


This book argues that qualitative methods, ethnography included, have tended to focus on the human at the cost of understanding humans and animals in relation, and that ethnography should evolve to account for the relationships between humans and other species. Intellectual recognition of this has arrived within the field of human-animal studies and in the philosophical development of posthumanism but there are few practical guidelines for research. Taking this problem as a starting point, the authors draw on a wide array of examples from visual methods, ethnodrama, poetry and movement studies to consider the political, philosophical and practical consequences of posthuman methods. They outline the possibilities for creative new forms of ethnography that eschew simplistic binaries between humans and animals. 

Ethnography after Humanism suggests how researchers could conduct different forms of fieldwork and writing to include animals more fruitfully and will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including human-animal studies, sociology, criminology, animal geography, anthropology, social theory and natural resources. 


anthropology ethnography Humanism philosophy politics social science

Authors and affiliations

  • Lindsay Hamilton
    • 1
  • Nik Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Keele Management SchoolKeele UniversityStaffordshireUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Social and Policy StudiesFlinders University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53932-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53933-5
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