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This chapter engages such concepts as subjectivity, pronouns, essentialism, social construction, queer ecology, sociobiology, and representation by considering such life forms as tulips, apes, slime mold, starfish, bears, pigs, and bovines. It critiques the violence of heteronormativity and celebrates trans* possibilities, asexual or ace modes of reproduction, and intersex embodiments. It ultimately shows how nonhuman life forms help students and scholars of queer anthropology grasp and defy boundaries between materiality and semiotics; ontologies and epistemologies; nature and culture; as well as biology and society (biosocial approaches).

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