Exercise 1.3

In the passage “When Species Meet”, the author Haraway connects the term “becoming with” by using the study of Barbara Smutts, who studied the case of baboons in Kenya. The baboons needed to determine that Smutts was a good social object as an ordinary baboon inorder to create a further deeper relationship. In order for Smutts to gain the baboons trust she had to change the way of life, and had to walk a different way, hold her body a different way, the way she sat as well. Throughout the process she also got dirty looks, when trying to get close to them, resulting in her to move away. I think that this excerpt helps Haraways case of “becoming with” nature because it shows how Smutts needed to go through an entire process to “become with” one to the baboons. By letting the baboons know Smutts intentions were benign and that she meant no harm, lets Smutts create a relationship with the baboons. Smutts proves to us that we can have relationship with animals even though we might not communicate the same way or speak the same language as well.  Haraway in depth clarrifies her point by stating how the truth of nonlinguistic embodied communication depends on looking back and greeting signifcant others again and again, therefor in my opinion creating a relationship.

Since baboons are highly intelligent land animals, can we create relationships with all other types of animals including small ones? Can all human relationship with animals vary due to their habitat or nature as well?

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