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Strange Love Crossing the Limits of the Human OTHER AND OTHERINGS y The other is that which is not us for whatever reason either by appearance biology behaviour culture belief etc This can be a neutral observation of difference but very often accompanies an assignment of value and significant to that difference y Othering is the act of defining oneself positively against the absolute difference of a defined other Such binaries are always attended by anxieties as the definitions are unstable and in constant flux as the categories of definition are generally arbitrary and subjective y Aside from one another the most significant relationship humans have with others is with animals both wild and domesticated and particularly with other predatory mammals y Anxiety comes from both difference and from shared qualities such as family structures behaviours and physical responses y Animals live among us but they are not us y They have their own minds and identities and no matter how well we think we understand them or they understand us we are still fundamentally alien to one another in significant ways y The relationship of humans to animals is an unstable one y We too are animals and this fact elicits a primal anxiety y Terms used to other animals and either distinguished ourselves from them or highlight our demeaning animal natures bestial beastly animalistic feral catty foxy wolfish bearish bitch toad etc y If we are animals and the animals with whom we share our lives and the world are similar to us what does this kinship mean about our relationship with them y To acknowledge that kinship is to takeparticular degree of responsibility for the relationship SAVAGISM AND CIVILIZATION y An Othering binary wherein one group is marked by its proximity to wild natural or primitive life whereas the other is defined by its distance from savagery and proximity to the civilized advanced or sophisticated life OPPOSITIONAL RELATIONSHIP one is either the other savage or civilized but cant be both SAVAGE Latin silvawood forest CIVILIZATION Latin civiliscitizens states cities
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