Equine Cultures in Transition: Ethical Questions

1st Edition

Jonna Bornemark, Petra Andersson, Ulla Ekström von Essen

Routledge
January 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781138549593 - CAT# K375984
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Summary

Societal views on animals are rapidly changing and become more diversified: can we use them for our own pleasures, and how should we understand animal agency? These questions, asked both in theoretical discourses and different practices, are also relevant for our understanding of horses and the human-horse relation.

Equine Cultures in Transition stands as the first volume to bring together ethical questions of the new field of human-horse studies. For instance: what sort of ethics should be developed in relation to the horse today: an egalitarian ethics or an ethics that builds upon asymmetrical relations? How can we understand the horse as a social actor and as someone who, just like the human being, becomes through inter-species relations? Through which methods can we give the horse a stronger voice and better understand of its becoming? These questions are not addressed from a medical or ethological perspective focused on natural behaviour, but rather from human acknowledgement of the horse as a sensing, feeling, acting and relational being; and as a part of interspecies societies and relations.

Providing an introductory yet theoretically advanced and broad view of the field of post humanism and human animal studies, Equine Cultures in Transition will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as human-animal studies, political sociology, animals and ethics, animal behaviour, anthropology and sociology of culture. It may also appeal to riders and other practitioners within different horse traditions.

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