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Animal Housing and Human–Animal Relations

Politics, Practices and Infrastructures, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristian Bjørkdahl, Tone Druglitrø


228 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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This book provides an in-depth investigation into the practices of animal housing systems with international contributions from across the humanities and social sciences. By attending to a range of different sites such as the zoo, the laboratory, the farm and the animal shelter, to name a few, the book explores material technologies from the perspective that these are integrated parts of a larger biopolitical infrastructure and questions how animal housing systems, and the physical infrastructures that surround central human-animal practices, come into being. The contributions in the book show in various ways how physical infrastructures of animal housing are always part of a much broader sociocultural and political infrastructure, where the material reality of housing systems combines with human and animal agents, with politics, and with practices. As such, the book explores what kind of practices and relations develop around the physical structures of animal housing, and by whom, and for whom, they are developed. This innovative collection will be of great interest to student and scholars in animal studies, more than human studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology.

Table of Contents

1 Animal Housing/Housing Animals: Nodes of Politics, Practices and Human-Animal Relations

Kristian Bjørkdahl and Tone Druglitrø

2 The Salmon Domus as a Site of Mediation

Marianne Lien and John Law

3 What is a Cow? The Invention of the Freestall and How Cows Lost Their Horns

Beat Bächi

4 When the Battery Cage Came to Norway: The Historical Path of an Agro-Industrial Artifact

Kristian Bjørkdahl

5 Back to Nature! Rehabilitating Danish Research Monkeys

Lene Koch and Mette Nordahl Svendsen

6 Housing Eiders – Making Heritage: The Changing Context of the Human-Eider Relationship in the Vega Archipelago, Norway

Knut Fageraas

7 Muscox in a Box and Other Tales of Containers as Domesticating Mediators in Animal Relocation

Dolly Jørgensen

8 How Much is that Doggy in the Window? The Aesthetics of Shelter Animal Display

Irene Gustafson

9 Concrete Kingdoms: Heini Hediger’s Territories at the Zurich Zoo

Christina May

10 Care and Tinkering in the Animal House: Conditioning Monkeys for Poliomyelitis Research and Public Health Work

Tone Druglitrø

11 Care in the Cage: Materializing Moral Economies of Animal Care in the Biomedical Sciences, c. 1945-

Robert G. W. Kirk

12 The Spatial Arrangements of Making Research Piglets into Resources for Translational Medicine

Mette Nordahl Svendsen

13 Closing the Barn Door

Henry Buller

About the Editors

Kristian Bjørkdahl is a Researcher at the Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, in Bergen, Norway.

Tone Druglitrø is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

The last fifteen years or so have seen an extraordinary growth in new and original social science research into human-animal relations. The ‘animal turn’ as some have referred to it is driven by a strong sense that though essential partners in human worlds, animals have long been ignored by a predominantly humanist social science. Although there is a growing literature on human-animal studies, particularly within the humanities but increasingly including geography, sociology, anthropology, the crucial interdisciplinary cross-overs that have so animated animal studies research have not been easily served in the publication strategies of either major journals or book publishers.

The new Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting edge research and analysis to explore human animal relations across the social sciences and humanities. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating and highly relevant topics, drawing across the humanities and social sciences in an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective. This series will encourage new theoretical perspectives and highlight ground-breaking research that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of current animal studies. The series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students as well as academics and policy-makers across a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

To submit a proposal for the series please contact Faye Leerink ([email protected]) and Henry Buller ([email protected])

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography