The Politics of Care

Discussion date:

7 May 2019

Discussion Description:

Through these articles we considered the politics of caring for and caring human and nonhuman others. In particular we explored the relationship between care and violence, the possibilities and limitations of caring at a distance, and discussed experiences of chimpanzee sanctuary care that focus on individual rather than species-level concerns and accept the inevitability of death in the sanctuary rather than a return to the wild for the chimps cared for.


Bocci, P. 2017. Tangles of care: killing goats to save tortoises on the Galápagos Islands. Cultural Anthropology, 32(3), 424-449.

Hawkins, R. 2018. Breaking Down Barriers of Culture and Geography? Caring-at-a-Distance through Web 2.0. New Political Science, 40:4, 727-743, DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2018.1528534

Hua, J. and Ahuja, N. 2013. Chimpanzee Sanctuary:” Surplus” Life and the Politics of Transspecies Care. American Quarterly, 65(3), 619-637.

Hohti, R., & Tammi, T. 2019. The greenhouse effect: Multispecies childhood and non-innocent relations of care. Childhood, 26(2), 169-185.

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