Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse

1st Edition

Kristen Guest, Monica Mattfeld

November 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367109400 - CAT# K406862
Series: Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

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This book demonstrates how horse breeding is entwined with human societies and identities. It explores issues of lineage, purity, status through interconnections between animals and humans.

The quest for purity in horse breeding and the acceptance of what constitutes an identifiable horse breed reflect the ways in which human beings remain subject to racialized, gendered, regionalized, and classified categorizations. Since horses make for an apt species to explore these issues, their ‘breeds’ are viewed as a manifestation of human classist mindset. Focusing on various horse breeds, from the Chincoteague Pony to Brazilian Criolo and the Arabian horse, each chapter carries a leading expert’s insights into the ways in which breeding continues to prevail in the worlds of domesticated animals.

Bringing together different historical, geographical, and disciplinary perspectives, this book will appeal to academics, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of, human-animal studies, sociology, environmental studies, cultural studies, history and literature.

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