Mel Y. Chen's Animacies is an impressive monograph that brings together a staggering array of conversations in the fields of posthumanism, animal studies, environmental justice studies, queer affect theory, critical ethnic studies, disability studies, and cognitive linguistics. This thoroughly researched book highlights the heretofore unexplored connections among racialized difference, nonhuman animality, and metallurgical toxicity with an eye toward unpacking the insidious and often invisible disciplinary forces in modern life. Noting that “many contemporary discourses continue to disavow, if not simply ignore, the possibility of significant horizontal relationships between humans, animals, and other objects … [such that] the category ‘animal’ often comes with a segregating frame that opposes ‘human’ to ‘animal’ ” (50), Chen's study seeks to redefine the terms on which contemporary global society might redress the fraught effects of neoliberal capital.

To be sure, scholars before Chen have made inroads into...

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