(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Volatile ecologies : towards a material politics of human–animal relations

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • School of Geography and the Environment, Univ., Oxford, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper examines the role of materials in mediating people’s relationships with elephants in rural Assam, northeast India. It shows that materials, in this case alcohol,binds people and elephants in unforeseen ways. This examination of social and political life through concerted interactions between humans, animals, and materials ecologizes politics, making it more attuned to the more-than-human collectivities within which material lives are lived. The paper strives towards a political ecology that is symmetrical and challenges the discipline’s humanist focus. It concludes with a discussion of the future implications and potential of this approach


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no6 [pp. 1462-1478]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 1 carte, 2 ill.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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