Critical Animal Geographies provides new geographical perspectives on critical animal studies, exploring the spatial, political, and ethical dimensions of animals’ lived experience and human-animal encounter. It works toward a more radical politics and theory directed at the shifting boundary between human and animal. Chapters draw together feminist, political-economic, post-humanist, anarchist, post-colonial, and critical race literatures with original case studies in order to see how efforts by some humans to control and order life – human and not – violate, constrain, and impinge upon others. Central to all chapters is a commitment to grappling with the stakes – violence, death, life, autonomy – of human-animal encounters. Equally, the work in the collection addresses head-on the dominant forces shaping and dependent on these encounters: capitalism, racism, colonialism, and so on. In doing so, the book pushes readers to confront how human-animal relations are mixed up with overlapping axes of power and exploitation, including gender, race, class, and species.

chapter 1|16 pages


ByRosemary-Claire Collard, Kathryn Gillespie

part I|54 pages


chapter 2|17 pages

Animal geographies, anarchist praxis, and critical animal studies

ByRichard J. White

chapter 3|18 pages

Practice as theory

Learning from food activism and performative protest
ByEva Giraud

chapter 4|17 pages

Pleasure, pain, and place

Ag-gag, crush videos, and animal bodies on display
ByClaire Rasmussen

part II|76 pages


chapter 5|20 pages


The cage, the supermax, and the zoo
ByKaren M. Morin

chapter 6|15 pages

Commodification, violence, and the making of workers and ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras

ByJohn Joyce, Joseph Nevins, Jill S. Schneiderman

chapter 7|19 pages

Species, race, and culture in the space of wildlife management

ByAnastasia Yarbrough

chapter 8|20 pages

Pit bulls, slavery, and whiteness in the mid- to late-nineteenth-century U.S.

Geographical trajectories; primary sources
ByHeidi J. Nast

part III|66 pages


chapter 9|15 pages

Coyotes in the city

Gastro-ethical encounters in a more-than-human world
ByGwendolyn Blue, Shelley Alexander

chapter 10|20 pages

Livelier livelihoods

Animal and human collaboration on the farm
ByJody Emel, Connie L. Johnston, Elisabeth (Lisa) Stoddard

chapter 11|19 pages

En-listing life

Red is the color of threatened species lists
ByIrus Braverman

chapter 12|10 pages

Doing critical animal geographies

Future directions
ByRosemary-Claire Collard, Kathryn Gillespie