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Holmberg, T. (2019). Animal waste work: The case of urban sewage management in Sweden. Contemporary Social Science
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Animal waste work: The case of urban sewage management in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Contemporary Social Science, ISSN 2158-2041, E-ISSN 2158-205XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Urban infrastructures such as wastewater services are essential to the functioning of cities. Through waste work, sewage gets transformed and revalued. Non-humans are potentially unruly agents in the transformation of “dirty” sewage into biogas, a “clean” energy resource in environmental terms. But these values are not given or applied in any simple sense. What goes on under the surface, beneath the street or inside a pile of dirt is the invaluable work that constitutes a city’s multispecies waste management. The article argues that rats, worms and microbes perform labour in the urban wastewater economy, as they eat, digest and breed. This article investigates the role of these non-human waste workers and the cultural and economic values they produce in the intersections between the socio-technical infrastructures where the urban and the animal meet. The article makes use of “trash-tracing” as a method and follows the multiple steps taken in the chain of sewage management in the city of Gävle, Sweden. It contributes new knowledge on the waste ecologies of cities by paying close attention to shifting and paradoxical valuations of wastewater, as it is configured through nonhuman work.

Keywords
Value, rat, infrastructure, bacteria, worm, trash
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387610 (URN)10.1080/21582041.2019.1630669 (DOI)
Projects
Waste Work in the Sustainability Economy: Transforming Values of Biological Waste
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-02142
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, T. (2019). Walking, Eating, Sleeping: Rhythm Analysis of Human/Dog Intimacy. Emotion, Space and Society, 31, 26-31
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Walking, Eating, Sleeping: Rhythm Analysis of Human/Dog Intimacy
2019 (English)In: Emotion, Space and Society, ISSN 1755-4586, E-ISSN 1878-0040, Vol. 31, p. 26-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
movement; animal; geography; place; Lefebvre
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379711 (URN)10.1016/j.emospa.2019.03.002 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, T. (2018). Herrgårdsliv: Om jordägares boendeval. In: Bengt Erik Eriksson, Mikael Holmqvist, Lena Sohl (Ed.), Eliter i Sverige: tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på makt, status och klass (pp. 125-154). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Herrgårdsliv: Om jordägares boendeval
2018 (Swedish)In: Eliter i Sverige: tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på makt, status och klass / [ed] Bengt Erik Eriksson, Mikael Holmqvist, Lena Sohl, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, p. 125-154Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371573 (URN)9789144116365 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved
Fagerberg, J. (2018). Sociologi på gymnasiet: En kartläggning från Sveriges Sociologförbund.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sociologi på gymnasiet: En kartläggning från Sveriges Sociologförbund
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340071 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-25 Created: 2018-01-25 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, T. (2018). Sociologiska gångarter: Föredrag från Sociologdagarna 2018. Sociologisk forskning, 55(4), 505-508
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sociologiska gångarter: Föredrag från Sociologdagarna 2018
2018 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 4, p. 505-508Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Detta föredrag vid Sociologidagarna är av tradition lite av en avgående ordförandes bekännelser, en möjlighet att breda ut sig inför en något så när vänligt inställd publik: låt människan prata, snart är vi av med henne. När jag för någon månad sedan började fundera över tema så tänkte jag förstås på... hästar. Eller snarare på samspelet mellan häst och människa och hur det kan begreppsliggöra sociologin som ämne, och sociologiserandet som praktik. Därmed titeln ”Sociologiska gångarter”. Detta kryptiska ämne ska jag utveckla. Först pratar jag om takt, frekvens och energi i olika gångarter för att undersöka hur vi kan förstå rytm. Sedan om sociologiserandet och dess olika tidsregimer. I ett tredje steg lägger jag ihop rytm och tid för att hävda att sociologins faser kan förstås med hjälp av redan befintliga gångarter men också genom en alldeles egen: en gångart i ständig spänning mellan den upprepade alldagliga aktiviteten och den oregelbundet uppblossande energin.

National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379204 (URN)000456441400006 ()
Note

Title in WoS: Sociological gaits 2018 Lectures from Sociology Days 2018

Available from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved
Redmalm, D. & Holmberg, T. (2018). Stable Genius?: The making of “good riders” and “good horses” at the riding school. In: : . Paper presented at SANT/FAS 2018 Conference: Vulnerabilities, April 19–21, 2018, Uppsala, Sweden. Uppsala
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stable Genius?: The making of “good riders” and “good horses” at the riding school
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How do riders valuate human and equine psyches and bodies?  The paper builds on a study in which riding groups are followed before, during and after riding lessons. The analysis shows that early career riders view horses partly as passive tools and partly as threatening adversaries. After a while, riding school pupils come to see horses’ vulnerable position—more experienced riders explain that they try to understand the horses’ perspective of the riding school, which includes long days, difficult pupils and sometimes violent treatment. While riders increasingly come to think of horses as persons, they begin thinking of themselves as human animals—as corporeal rather than cerebral beings. The riding school is thus a place where humans are becoming horse, and the horses emerge as human-like creatures. But while most riders contrast the liberating environment of the riding school to the alienating conditions of the work-week, some also recognize that the riding school requires that the horses are alienated from their own equine selves. Ultimately, “good horses” are the ones seen as willing to accept these conditions. “Good riders” learn to benefit from those same conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2018
Keywords
Animal studies, centaurs, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, horses, human-animal studies, Karl Marx, riding schools
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376965 (URN)
Conference
SANT/FAS 2018 Conference: Vulnerabilities, April 19–21, 2018, Uppsala, Sweden
Projects
Intimitetens sociala former
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-1465
Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2018). Stunder av total sammansmältning: Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean. Stockholm: Unga Klara
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stunder av total sammansmältning: Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean
2018 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean. Pjäsen handlar om olika former av intimitet och utgår från forskningsprojektet "Intimitetens sociala former: Närhetspraktik och identitet i kollektivt boende, husdjursrelationer och pardans". Projektet, som finansieras av Vetenskapsrådet, undersöker kollektivboenden, relationen mellan människor och djur, ridskolor, stödgrupper för sexmissbrukare och dansentusiaster. Pjäsen inkluderar även ett särskilt fokus på relationer över nätet. Pjäsen är skriven och regisserad av Paula Stenström Öhman. Pjäsen kunde förverkligas bland annat tack vare ett anslag från Riksbankens jubileumsfond, genom projektet Sociologi för scen.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Unga Klara, 2018. p. 8
Keywords
Intimitet, teater, socialitet, relationer, identitet, digitalisering, sociala medier, internet, kollektivboende, husdjur, hästar, ridning, dans, dansband, tango, sexmissbruk, gruppterapi, Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Sigmund Freud, Zygmunt Bauman
National Category
Sociology Performing Art Studies Gender Studies Pedagogy
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343884 (URN)
Projects
Intimitetens sociala formerSociologi för scen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, KOM16-1384:1
Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-02
Holmberg, T. & Ideland, M. (2016). Imagination laboratory: Making sense of bio-objects in contemporary genetic art. Sociological Review, 64(3), 447-467
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Imagination laboratory: Making sense of bio-objects in contemporary genetic art
2016 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 64, no 3, p. 447-467Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Public engagement in biotechnology has declined as cloning, genetic engineering and regenerative medicine have become socially and culturally normalized. Zooming in on existing bio-technological debates, this article turns to contemporary genetic art as sites for ethical reflections. Art can be viewed as an imagination laboratory', a space through which un-framing and rupturing of contemporary rationalities are facilitated, and, in addition, enabling sense-making and offering fantastic connections otherwise not articulated. In this article, the framework of bio-objectification' is enriched with Bennett's (2001) notion of enchantment and the importance of wonder and openness to the unusual, in order to highlight alternative matters of concern than articulated through conventional politico-moral discourse. Drawing on a cultural sociological analysis of Eduardo Kac's Edunia, Lucy Glendinning's Feather Child, Patricia Piccinini's Still Life with Stem Cells and Heather Dewey-Hagborg's Stranger Visions, we discuss how the intermingling of art, science, critics, art historians, science fiction, internet, and physical space, produce a variety of attachments that this article will unpack. The article demonstrates that while some modern boundaries and rationalities are highlighted and challenged through the imagination laboratory' of the art process, others are left untouched.

National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295784 (URN)10.1111/1467-954X.12387 (DOI)000383564500003 ()
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, T. (2016). Nature nurture debate. In: Nancy Naples (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies: . Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nature nurture debate
2016 (English)In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies / [ed] Nancy Naples, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295786 (URN)
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-09
Holmberg, T. (2016). Nature–Nurture Debate. In: Nancy Naples (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies: . Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nature–Nurture Debate
2016 (English)In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies / [ed] Nancy Naples, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Biologically based explanations of human behavior have been put forward by scientists throughout history, and have been fiercely contested by gender scholars. This entry explores the so-called nature–nurture debate and its effects on current gender theory, in particular in the area of feminist science studies and feminist epistemology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294276 (URN)10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss181 (DOI)9781118663219 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved
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