LECTURE 8 – MARCH 4, 2014
Urban wildlife (livestock and wildlife in cities)
What kinds of values inform our values in regards to animals?
What are some common names in which we name animals in the west?
For natives, description of animal life is tied to riddles (ex. Flies up, ringing a bell; is a mosquito)
Our relation to animals are pertly sturctured thru language
Three ways to regard the animal:
o To anthropomorphize
o To objectify, classify them
o Regard animal as alive ......
Defining urban wildlife
In ecosystem sciences, it usually exclude livestock and pets
Is non domestic vertebrates and invertibrates
Urban wildlife: roots of the field
Deeply shaped by Game Management
Today is more informed by conservation studies and ecosystem sciences
There are two lens of looking at wildlife
Transpecies urban theory:
o Existing urban theory is anthropocentric
o Transpecies urban theory want to extend agency to non human animals
o Transpecies is rooted in assumption that we must start by leveling human and non human
actors (a symmetry of human and non human actors)
o We can understand patterns of urbanization thru study o