Animals and Agency (Human-Animal Studies) by Sarah E. McFarl, Ryan Hediger, Sarah E. McFarland

By Sarah E. McFarl, Ryan Hediger, Sarah E. McFarland

This assortment examines the query of nonhuman animal company through transferring emphasis from the human point of view towards that of different animals, exploring modes of animal resistance to human behaviors, and contemplating the methods the presence of animals refracts human notions like service provider and species.

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They disrupt notions of stimulusresponse and other mechanical descriptions of behaviour and assume that organisms have a perceptual awareness of their worlds. For instance, theories of ecological perception by Gibson29 and Reed30 assume that organisms are always already acting upon and within their environments; they are not inert until acted upon by external forces or stimuli. Their worlds continually come into being through their interactions. ”31 He laments, as do Sarah E. ”32 Like phenomenological biology, ecological psychology’s understanding of perception and action is explicitly different from theories of behaviorism33 which contend that animals act automatically out of conditioning or instinct in response to stimuli.

5 Sullivan, “Horseman,” 54. 4 the racehorse as protagonist 47 and the conflict faced is the competition of the race. Part of the construction of the narrative involves reading, or framing, the horse’s behavior as a desire to win or a disappointment in loss. ”6 I interpret the thoroughbreds’ actions as performance in order to query what the animals may actually be aware of and what is merely perceived as awareness by the people who watch them. Examining animals’ awareness through their actions leads me to question how they behave as independent agents.

48 Desmond, Staging Tourism, 193. , 183. , 181. 47 38 traci warkentin be looking and who was supposed to be looked at. The window was both a barrier and a mode of access. The space did not afford touching, but was designed and set up to provide visual access for humans into the ‘private’ underwater worlds of the whales. With its deliberate and obvious framing of the whales in the pool, it is likely that many human adult visitors encountered the window as if they were looking at a piece of living art or a show on television.

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