Ghost stories: Investigative animal geographies for multi-species justice

Authors: Jacquelyn Johnston*, Florida International University
Topics: Animal Geographies, Legal Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Investigative animal geography, triangulation, multispecies ethnographies, activist research, captivity, animal shelters
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 2
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This chapter explores the use of government agency data to story animal experiences and suggests a series of critical investigative practices that animal geographers may employ to unearth and confront injustice through their research. The abstraction of animals under government agency custody and control is brought into conversation with legal and carceral geographies to explore the practice of critical triangulation. By modeling an investigative animal geography, this case unpacks the techniques through which animal data are produced, offers a critical analysis of data acquired through public records requests, and makes visible the vulnerabilities of animals living under the control of government agencies. Animal geographers are encouraged to embrace the roles of both researcher and activist, and to take risks by intervening through research to disrupt systems that reproduce and affirm systemic injustice against animals.

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