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Biologists studying large carnivores in wild places usually do so from a distance, using telemetry and noninvasive methods of data collection. So what happens when an anthropologist studies a clan of spotted hyenas, Africa’s second-largest carnivores, up close—and in a city of a hundred thousand inhabitants? In Among the Bone Eaters, Marcus Baynes-Rock takes us to the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where the gey waraba (hyenas of the city) are welcome in the streets and appreciated by the locals for the protection they provide from harmful spirits and dangerous “mountain” hyenas. They’ve even become a local tourist attraction.

At the start of his research in Harar, Baynes-Rock contended with difficult conditions, stone-throwing children, intransigent bureaucracy, and wary hyena subjects intent on avoiding people. After months of frustration, three young hyenas drew him into the hidden world of the Sofi clan. He discovered the elements of a hyena’s life, from the delectability of dead livestock and the nuisance of dogs to the unbounded thrill of hyena chase-play under the light of a full moon. Baynes-Rock’s personal relations with the hyenas from the Sofi clan expand the conceptual boundaries of human-animal relations. This is multispecies ethnography that reveals its messy, intersubjective, dangerously transformative potential.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Chapter 1: Past Finding Around Harar
  2. pp. 10-24
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  1. Chapter 2: Lines of Reason for Hyenas
  2. pp. 25-35
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  1. Chapter 3: Between Different Relations
  2. pp. 36-46
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  1. Chapter 4: You Hyenas
  2. pp. 47-57
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  1. Chapter 5: The Legend of Ashura
  2. pp. 58-72
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  1. Chapter 6: On the Tail of a Hyena
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. Chapter 7: Encounters with the Unseen
  2. pp. 83-93
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  1. Chapter 8: Reflections from a Hyena Playground
  2. pp. 94-102
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  1. Chapter 9: Death, Death, and Rhetoric
  2. pp. 103-113
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  1. Chapter 10: Blood of the Hyena
  2. pp. 114-126
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  1. Chapter 11: Across a Human/Hyena Boundary
  2. pp. 127-135
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  1. Chapter 12: A Host of Other Ideas
  2. pp. 136-145
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  1. Chapter 13: Returning to Other Hyenas
  2. pp. 146-158
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  1. Chapter 14: Talking Up Hyena Realities
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Chapter 15: Looking Through a Hyena Hole
  2. pp. 169-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Index
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  1. Cover
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  1. Photo Gallery
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271074061
Print ISBN
9780271067209
MARC Record
OCLC
966938723
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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