Built on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the mountain villages of India’s Central Himalayas, Radhika Govindrajan’s book explores the number of ways that human and animal interact to cultivate relationships as interconnected, related beings.  Whether it is through the study of the affect and ethics of ritual animal sacrifice, analysis of the right-wing political project of cow-protection, or examination of villagers’ talk about bears who abduct women and have sex with them, Govindrajan illustrates that multispecies relatedness relies on both difference and ineffable affinity between animals.  Animal Intimacies breaks substantial new ground in animal studies, and Govindrajan’s detailed portrait of the social, political and religious life of the region will be of interest to cultural anthropologists and scholars of South Asia as well.  


Publication Details

Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas
Govindrajan, Radhika
The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date
May 2018
Govindrajan, Radhika, Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas (The University of Chicago Press, May 2018).