Chapter 9 Affective ethnographies of animal lives
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In this chapter, we investigate the affective ethnographies of non/humans and delineate what this offers for an understanding of animals’ geographies or the sentient lives of animals within wider social and political ecological contexts. Our focus is on bonnet macaques and humans, two primate species that have lived in close physical and emotional proximity across peninsular India for thousands of years. We first turn to affects, as sensed by the macaques themselves and manifest ethologically during intentional communication. We then address inter-species affects, particularly forms of novel communication directed by macaques exclusively towards humans in certain anthropogenic contexts. Finally, we examine how humans themselves respond to encounters generated by macaques, with mutually affective exchanges forging sentient, and often durable, relations between the two species. In conclusion, we argue that affective ethologies and ethnographies offer rich understandings of other-than-human lifeworlds, which, we believe, are vital for forging sustainable, multispecies futures.

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