The human encampments
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Camps, domains of temporary habitation and engines of mobility, have been a ubiquitous aspect of the history of human society. This chapter examines the extension of the 'camps' of humanity; its encampments, domains and cities. It looks at the strata and sedimentation of the human 'occupation' of nature and territory. The human 'camp' was often an enclave which was mobile and in movement across territory either for pastoral or military purposes. The development of permanent occupations transformed human cultures and their relationship to nature and other species. The colonisation of territories and their organic inhabitants has often led to 'speciescide' as animals are slaughtered to service the consumption of metropolitan human populations. The industrial slaughterhouses of the cities have led some species to the brink of extinction. The permanent human occupation of urban spaces has led to new social relations between humans, species and nature and new forms of entanglement.