Human-animal co-existence is central to a politics of life, how we order societies, and to debates about who ’we’ humans think ’we’ are. In other words, our ways of understanding and ordering human-animal relations have economic and political implications and affect peoples’ everyday lives. By bringing together historically-oriented approaches and contemporary ethnographies which engage with science and technology studies (STS), this book reflects the multi-sited, multi-species, multi-logic and multiple ways in which lives are and have been assembled, disassembled, practised and possibly policed and politicized. Instead of asking only how control and knowledge are and have been extended over life, the chapters in this book also look at what happens when control fails, at practices which defy orders, escape detection, fail to produce or only loosely hang together. In doing so the book problematises and extends the Foucauldian notion of biopolitics that has been such a central analytical concept in studies of human-animal relations and provides a unique resource of cases and theoretical refinements regarding the ways in which we live together with more than human others.

chapter 1|29 pages

Introduction: The ‘More-Than-Human' Condition

Sentient creatures and versions of biopolitics

chapter 3|18 pages

Making Pig Research Biographies

Names and numbers

chapter 4|19 pages

Modifying the Biopolitical Collective

The law as a moral technology

chapter 5|16 pages


Sheep traffic in modern trauma surgery

chapter 6|20 pages

The Measure of the Disease

The Pathological animal experiment in Robert Koch's medical bacteriology 1

chapter 7|17 pages

Knowing Sentient Subjects

Humane experimental technique and the constitution of care and knowledge in laboratory animal science

chapter 8|16 pages

One Health, Many Species

Towards a multispecies investigation of bird flu

chapter 9|19 pages

Sensory Biopolitics

Knowing birds and a politics of life

chapter 10|18 pages

Loving Camels, Sacrificing Sheep, Slaughtering Gazelles

Human-animal relations in contemporary desert fiction