Human predation and animal sociality: the transformational agency of ‘wolf people’ in Mongolia

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnthropology and Cryptozoology
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Encounters with Mysterious Creatures
EditorsSamantha Hurn
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon; New York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter5
Pages107-119
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315567297, 9781317180463
ISBN (Print)9781409466758
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016

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NameMultispecies Encounters
PublisherRoutledge

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