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The Meaning of Horses Biosocial Encounters by Dona (University of South Dakota, USA) Davis


The Meaning of Horses Biosocial Encounters by Dona (University of South Dakota, USA) Davis

The Meaning of Horses: Biosocial Encounters examines some of the engagements or entanglements that link the lived experiences of human and non-human animals. The contributors discuss horse-human relationships in multiple contexts, times and places, highlighting variations in the meaning of horses as well as universals of 'horsiness'. They consider how horses are unlike other animals, and cover topics such as commodification, identity, communication and performance. This collection emphasises the agency of the horse and a need to move beyond anthropocentric studies, with a theoretical approach that features naturecultures, co-being and biosocial encounters as interactive forms of becoming. Rooted in anthropology and multispecies ethnography, this book introduces new questions and areas for consideration in the field of animals and society.

About the Author

Dona Lee Davis is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Dakota, USA. Anita Maurstad is Professor of Cultural Science at The Arctic University of Norway.

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Publication date

3rd December 2015


Dona (University of South Dakota, USA) Davis

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


220 pages


Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography



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