Living with Javelinas: On the Co-production of Human-Javelina Conviviality in Texas

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2024

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Johnson, Adam Patrick

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This dissertation investigates the coexistence of humans and javelinas in Texas. Through a blend of traditional ethnography, ethology, and GIS mapping, the study explores the dynamics of interactions at three primary sites across Texas, emphasizing the mutual shaping of shared spaces and the significance of negotiation. The dissertation argues that convivial human-javelina relations in Texas emerge from the negotiation of encounters—a form of intersubjective politics—leading to stable social arrangements and imbuing landscapes with meaning. The argument is drawn from three years of research on human-javelina relations in different contexts, situating these relationships within their unique sociohistorical and ecological contexts. The investigation of these convivial relations emphasizes the importance of engagement and understanding of others' positionalities for fostering coexistence. It contends that such coexistence is achievable through deliberate and thoughtful negotiation of shared spaces and experiences, underlining the potential for harmonious multispecies living.

Chapters One and Two situate javelinas in the broader social, ecological, and scholarly discourse, placing them alongside other lively actors in Texas (Chapter Two). Chapter Three explores encountering javelinas in various contexts and how perception and experience shape encounters. Chapter Four investigates how convivial human-javelina relationships develop through the practice of "multispecies politics." Chapter Five considers the effects of multispecies politics on the construction of meaningful landscapes. Finally, Chapter Six reflects on the intellectual contributions of the dissertation and its broader impacts on multispecies living in a precarious world.

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Collared peccary, Conviviality, Environmental anthropology, Javelina, Multispecies, Multispecies justice

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Anthropology