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Sport, Animals, and Society

1st Edition

Edited by James Gillett, Michelle Gilbert


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This book advances current literature on the role and place of animals in sport and society. It explores different forms of sporting spaces, examines how figures of animals have been used to racialize the human athlete, and encourages the reader to think critically about animal ethics, animals in space, time and place, and the human-animal relationship. The chapters highlight persistent dichotomies in the use of and collaboration with animals for sport, and present strategies for moving forward in the study of interspecies relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Sport, Animals and Society Michelle Gilbert and James Gillett Historical and Evolving Dichotomies 2. Taming the Wild: Rodeo as a Human-Animal Metaphor Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan 3. Human Horse Partnerships: Beyond the Dressage Stephen J. Smith 4. The Masters of Nature: Golf, Non-Humans, and Consumer Culture Brad Millington and Brian Wilson Human and Animal Relations 5. "The Horse Has Got to Want to Help": Human-Animal Habituses and Networks in Amateur Show Jumping Kirrilly Thompson and Lynda Birke 6. From Sport to Therapy: The Social Stakes in the Rise of Equine-Assisted Activities Jerome Michalon 7. Taking Teamwork Seriously: The Sport of Dog Agility as an Ethical Model of Cross-Species Companionship Giuliana Lund Ethics and Violence in Sport 8. The Ethics of Interspecies Sports S.P. Morris 9. The Virtue of Compassion: Animals in Sport, Hunting as Sport, and Entertainment Gabriela Tymowski 10. Necroposian Nights: Animal Sport, Civility and the Calgary Stampede Kevin Young and Brittany Gerber Sporting Identities of Human and Animal Athletes 11. A Star is Born to Buck: Animal Celebrity and the Marketing of Professional Rodeo Susan Nance 12. (Dis)Abled Riders and Equestrian Sports Marie Larneby and Susanna Hedenborg 13. Branding Boundaries: Colonial Sporting Identities and the Racialized Body R. Scott Carey, Rob Millington and Carolyn Prouse Future Directions 14. Young Equestrians: The Horse Stable as a Cultural Space Michele Gilbert 15. Embodied Communication: The Poetics and Politics of Riding Natalie Corinne Hansen 16. Communion Without Collision: Animals, Sport and Interspecies Co-Presence Michael Atkinson and Kass Gibson

About the Editors

James Gillett is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and is jointly appointed to the Department of Sociology. Michelle Gilbert is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology/ Sessional Faculty in the Social Sciences at McMaster University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animal Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports