How are natures and animals integrated inclusively into research projects through Multispecies Ethnography? While preceded by a vision that seeks to question holistically how scientists can integrate natures and animals into research projects through Multispecies Ethnography, this book focuses on inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration. From an examination of the interfaces between social and natural science-oriented disciplines, a complex view of natures, humans, and animals emerges. The insights into interdependencies of different disciplines illustrate the need for a Multispecies Ethnography to analyze HumansAnimalsNaturesCultures. While the methodology is innovative and currently not widespread, the application of Multispecies Ethnography in areas of research such as climate change, species extinction, or inequalities will allow new insights. These research debates are closely interwoven, and the methodological inclusion of the agency of natures and animals and the consideration of Indigenous Knowledge allow new insights of holistic multispecies research for the different disciplines. Multispecies Ethnography allows for positivist, innovative, attentive, reflexive and complex analyses of HumansAnimalsNaturesCultures.
Katharina Ameli is manager at the Research Centre for Animal Welfare (ForTis) and lecturer at Institute for Sociology at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (JLU).
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Humans, Animals and Nature in (Inter-)disciplinary Contexts
Chapter Three: HumansAnimalsNaturesCultures
Chapter Four: Multispecies Ethnography (ME)
Chapter Five: Research Design of a Multispecies Ethnography
Chapter Six: Quality Criteria of Multispecies Research
Chapter Seven: Conclusion
About the Author
How should social scientists take account of and make accounts about animals? How can we capture the qualitative experience and meaning of humans and animals living and working together? How can we think about, write about, and theorize about these interactions? These are the weighty issues that Dr. Katharina Ameli navigates in this fascinating book. Dwelling on the new concept of multispecies ethnography, serious investigations into the scope and possibility of such endeavors are critically evaluated with the result of genuine possibilities for future research seeming to unfold and become possible. This is an optimistic and inspirational book which would suit anyone seeking to work beyond traditional humanist templates and constraints.
This groundbreaking work sheds essential light on the evolving empirical approach known as multispecies ethnography. Katharina Ameli deftly moves beyond the confines of traditional disciplinary categories to envision how to include the agency of nature and animals in research. Multispecies Ethnography holds valuable insights for scholars and students alike.