This article argues that critical psychological engagement with the field of human–animal relations is largely absent, but of potential significance, and begins to outline more concretely what such a perspective might contribute, especially as a form of social psychology. The article provides a brief overview of the emerging psychology of human–animal relations and the extent to which it emphasises situated human–animal interactions in real‐world settings, including from the standpoint of animal participants. Recent elaborations of the “animal turn” outside of the discipline of psychology are considered, as they place fresh emphasis on human–animal interaction and interdependence and might further extend the boundaries of what counts as relations that matter in critical and social psychology. These foundations are argued to offer an invitation to critical psychology to engage more fully in the study of human–animal relations and enliven it as a result.
Bibliographical noteThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Matthew Adams, Towards a critical psychology of human–animal relations, Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 12(4): e12375, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spc3.12375. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.