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Beyond Wild and Tame
Soiot Encounters in a Sentient Landscape
Alex C. Oehler
254 pages, 32 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-678-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-679-1 eBook Not Yet Published
“This is a fine monograph… Through his skillful incorporation of ethnographic examples, [the author] illustrates how it is simplistic to categorise relationships with domestic animals into dichotomous categories of either wild or tame.” • Natasha Fijn, Australian National University
“Beyond Wild and Tame contributes to an in-depth reflection on the way humans and animals share a common environment, more than ever needed, in the era of the Anthropocene.” • Charlotte Marchina, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Responding to recent scholarship, this book examines animal domestication and offers a Soiot approach to animals and landscapes, which transcends the wild-tame dichotomy. Following herder-hunters of the Eastern Saian Mountains in southern Siberia, the author examines how Soiot and Tofa households embrace unpredictability, recognize sentience, and encourage autonomy in all their relations with animals, spirits, and land features. It is an ethnography intended to help us reinvent our relations with the earth in unpredictable times.
Alex Oehler is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Multispecies Households in the Saian Mountains: Ecology at the Russia-Mongolia Border (Lexington Books) and was a member of the research team of the Arctic Domus project (2012-2016) at the University of Aberdeen.
Subject: Environmental Studies
List of Illustrations
Notes on Transliteration
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Mirrored Homes
Chapter 2. Sacred Enfolding
Chapter 3. Dreaming of Deer
Chapter 4. Khainak between Worlds
Chapter 5. In the Society of Horses
Chapter 6. Reading Wolves
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