The Promise of Multispecies Justice

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Edited by Sophie Chao, Karin Bolender, and Eben Kirksey

Duke University Press

11/8/2022, paperback

SKU: 9781478018896


What are the possibilities for multispecies justice? How do social justice struggles intersect with the lives of animals, plants, and other creatures? Leading thinkers in anthropology, geography, philosophy, speculative fiction, poetry, and contemporary art answer these questions from diverse grounded locations.

In America, Indigenous peoples and prisoners are decolonizing multispecies relations in unceded territory and carceral landscapes. Small justices are emerging in Tanzanian markets, near banana plantations in the Philippines, and in abandoned buildings of Azerbaijan as people navigate relations with feral dogs, weeds, rats, and pesticides. Conflicts over rights of nature are intensifying in Colombia's Amazon. Specters of justice are emerging in India, while children in Micronesia memorialize extinct bird species.

Engaging with ideas about environmental justice, restorative justice, and other species of justice, The Promise of Multispecies Justice holds open the possibility of flourishing in multispecies worlds, present and to come.

Contributors. Karin Bolender, Sophie Chao, M. L. Clark, Radhika Govindrajan, Zsuzsanna Dominika Ihar, Noriko Ishiyama, Eben Kirksey, Elizabeth Lara, Jia Hui Lee, Kristina Lyons, Michael Marder, Alyssa Paredes, Craig Santos Perez, Kim TallBear


"Questions of the ecological and biopolitical raise questions of justice--environmental, racial, restorative, reparative, transformative, recognition-based, transitional, generative, abolitionist, participatory. The essays and interventions in this decisively frame-shifting collection engage with the entangled bank of justice relations with commitment and care, asking who benefits, who is harmed, and who counts in projects in which matters of multifariously embodied life are at stake." -- Stefan Helmreich, author of Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

"I love each of this volume's essays and the geographic and disciplinary diversity they represent. The creative work, poetry, topics, and approaches to justice included are exceptionally thought-provoking. This outstanding and delightful book is an incredibly welcome contribution to the interdisciplinary study of multispecies relations." -- Eleana J. Kim, author of Making Peace with Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ

About the Editors:

Sophie Chao is author of In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua, also published by Duke University Press.

Karin Bolender is an artist-researcher at the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.) and an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Environmental Futures at the University of Oregon.

Eben Kirksey is author of Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power and Emergent Ecologies, both also published by Duke University Press, and The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans.