Human predation and animal sociality : the transformational agency of ‘wolf people’ in Mongolia
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This chapter examines the recent proliferation of ‘wolf people’ following the advent of the Mongolian gold rush. By analysing ethnographic and historical material on the position of wolves in Mongolian cosmology, I demonstrate how these beings call into question the relationship between animality and humanity. Concealed in human bodies and destined to a solitary life of greed, ‘wolf people’ challenge the human potential for peaceful and productive living. Demonstrating the importance of moving away from a human-centred perspective on morality, I argue that relations between humans and animals reveal how personhood is a matter of persuasion.
High , M M 2016 , Human predation and animal sociality : the transformational agency of ‘wolf people’ in Mongolia . in S Hurn (ed.) , Anthropology and Cryptozoology : Exploring Encounters with Mysterious Creatures . Multispecies Encounters , Routledge , Abingdon, Oxon; New York , pp. 107-119 .
Anthropology and Cryptozoology
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