[MARMAM] New Paper on Dolphin/Human interaction sites

Scott Taylor dolphin at dolphintale.com
Mon Mar 25 18:18:25 PDT 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce publication of the following paper:
Taylor, C. S. & Carter, J. (2013) The agency of dolphins: toward interspecies embassies as sites of engagement with 'significant otherness'. Geographical Research, 51, 1 1-10.

The abstract appears below.  Please contact me (dolphin at dolphintale.com), if you would like a copy of the PDF.

Cetacean–human interaction, at sites where free-ranging dolphins approach humans, is occurring more than ever before. Management policies and strategies, and their underlying research, intended to protect both dolphins and humans during these interactive events, affect the quality and nature of interactivity. The agency of the dolphins, and its representation in management schemes, is analysed using Critical Discourse Analysis of selected texts from the discourse of Dolphin–Human Interaction Management (DHIM). Analysis suggests a prevailing discourse of protectionism but also reveals the possibility for a new kind of management scheme based upon an acceptance of the ‘significant otherness’ of non-human species. This can be achieved by means of inter-species etiquette, acknowledging the choices made by non-humans to interact with humans. An inter-species etiquette, coupled with multi-species education (education across species boundaries, designed and delivered so as to enable mutually beneficial interaction), offers those non-human animals widely referred to as ‘ambassadors’ safe places in which to be encountered. This new form of inter-species interaction space is named an ‘embassy’.


C. Scott Taylor BSocSc (Hon)
PhD candidate
University of the Sunshine Coast
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