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Skoglund, A. & Redmalm, D. (2017). 'Doggy-biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog. Organization, 24(2), 240-266.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Doggy-biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog
2017 (English)In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323, Vol. 24, no 2, 240-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Biopolitics, traditionally understood as management of the human population, has been extended to include nonhuman animal life and posthuman life. In this article, we turn to literatures that advance Foucauldian biopolitics to explore the mode of government enabled by the dog of the US presidential family – the First Dog called Bo Obama. With analytical focus on vitalisation efforts, we follow the construction of Bo in various outlets, such as the websites of the White House and an animal rights organisation. Bo’s microphysical escapades and the negotiation thereof show how contemporary biopolitics, which targets the vitality of the dog population, is linked to seductive neoliberal management techniques and subjectivities. We discuss ‘cuddly management’ in relation to Foucauldian scholarship within organisation and management studies and propose that the construction of Bo facilitates interspecies family norms and an empathic embrace of difference circumscribed by vitalisation efforts that we pinpoint as ‘doggy-biopolics'.

Keyword
Animal Studies, domestic animals, First Dog, management techniques, Michel Foucault, posthuman biopolitics, US governing
National Category
Engineering and Technology Sociology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304657 (URN)10.1177/1350508416666938 (DOI)000398040100006 ()
Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved
Skoglund, A. & Redmalm, D. (2016). ‘Doggy-Biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog. In: : . Paper presented at Sociologidagarna 2016: Överskridande sociologi, 10-12 mars.. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Doggy-Biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Biopolitics, traditionally understood as management of the human population, has been extended to include nonhuman animal life and posthuman life. In this article we turn to these advancements of Foucauldian biopolitics to explore the mode of government enabled by the dog of the US presidential family—the First Dog called Bo Obama. We follow the construction of Bo in various outlets from well-known and less famous sources, as the websites of the White House and an animal rights organisation. Bo’s microphysical escapades in and around the White House show how posthuman biopolitics, which targets the vitality of the dog population, is linked to seductive neoliberal management techniques and subjectivities that enhance ‘cuddly management.’ Bo also facilitates a proliferation of interspecies family norms and an empathic embrace of difference. We thus suggest that Bo makes possible a mode of government nurtured by vitality, playfulness and posthuman norms, what we call ‘doggy-biopolitics.’

Keyword
Animal studies, posthuman biopolitics, Michel Foucault, First Dog, domestic animals, management techniques, US governing
National Category
Sociology Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285900 (URN)
Conference
Sociologidagarna 2016: Överskridande sociologi, 10-12 mars.
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2017-12-19
Redmalm, D. (2016). Forskaren i gränslandet mellan nyhets- och nöjesmedia (1ed.). In: Inger K Holmström, Jonas Stier, Per Tillgren och Gunnel Östlund (Ed.), Samproduktionens retorik och praktik: - inom området hälsa och välfärd (pp. 209-220). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forskaren i gränslandet mellan nyhets- och nöjesmedia
2016 (Swedish)In: Samproduktionens retorik och praktik: - inom området hälsa och välfärd / [ed] Inger K Holmström, Jonas Stier, Per Tillgren och Gunnel Östlund, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, 1, 209-220 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

I det här kapitlet kommer läsaren få ta del av ett forskningsresultats väg ut i etern och lära känna forskaren som gränsvarelse i spänningsfältet mellan nyhets- och nöjesmedia. När en forskare vill sprida ett forskningsresultat i massmedia sätter en samproduktionsprocess igång där slutprodukten, alltså nyhetsartikeln, förhandlas fram mellan forskare och journalist, och där de båda parterna värderar produkten på olika sätt. Ett forskningsresultat må vara en nyhet för forskaren, men det är inte alltid ett forskningsresultat har ett nyhetsvärde i journalistens ögon. Forskaren vill se sitt resultat spritt till en bredare publik med så lite förvanskning som möjligt. Journalisten fokuserar på läsbarhet och attraktionskraft. Det innebär att det journalistiska arbetet delvis handlar om nyhetens paketering, vilket i sin tur kan leda till att forskaren plötsligt befinner sig i en situation som hen inte har förutsett – till exempel med en chihuahua i famnen. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016 Edition: 1
Keyword
Animal studies, chihuahuor, journalistik, Kultursociologi, Mary Douglas, människa-djur-studier
National Category
Sociology Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285895 (URN)9789144114828 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2017-12-19
Redmalm, D. (2015). Pet grief: When is non-human life grievable?. Sociological Review, 63(1), 19-35.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pet grief: When is non-human life grievable?
2015 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 63, no 1, 19-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores how pet owners grieve their pets and view their pets' transience. Drawing on Butler's notion of the differential allocation of grievability, I have analysed interviews with eighteen pet owners. Butler argues that grievability is made possible by a normative framework which allows for some human or human-like lives to be grieved, while other lives are rendered 'lose-able'. All the interviewed pet owners say that they are capable of grieving a non-human animal, but analysis suggests that they make their pets grievable and ungrievable by turns. I argue that by maintaining this ambivalence, the interviewees negotiate pets' inclusion in a human moral community while simultaneously defending human exceptionalism. The article concludes with a discussion of pet grief as a potentially destabilizing emotion. I suggest that grieving beings on the border between grievable human and lose-able animal - 'werewolves' according to Giorgio Agamben - may be a powerful way of challenging normative frameworks which arbitrarily render some human and non-human lives lose-able.

Keyword
Animal studies, Bereavement, Companion animals, Giorgio Agamben, Grief, Human-animal relations, Judith Butler, Loss, Mourning, Pets
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261558 (URN)10.1111/1467-954X.12226 (DOI)000350250500002 ()2-s2.0-84923501197 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Skoglund, A., Berglund, K. & Redmalm, D. (2015). Prezi’s cultivation of openness – A videography of ‘alternative entrepreneurship’. In: : . Paper presented at Organization Studies workshop on entrepreneurship and play, 21-23:rd of May, Chania, Greece.. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prezi’s cultivation of openness – A videography of ‘alternative entrepreneurship’
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260373 (URN)
Conference
Organization Studies workshop on entrepreneurship and play, 21-23:rd of May, Chania, Greece.
Available from: 2015-08-18 Created: 2015-08-18 Last updated: 2017-12-19
Redmalm, D., Skoglund, A. & Berglund, K. (2015). ”Yeah! We’re Open”: Transdimensional Openness in Alternative Entrepreneurship. In: : . Paper presented at In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities, ACSIS Conference, 15-17 June, Norrköping, Sweden. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”Yeah! We’re Open”: Transdimensional Openness in Alternative Entrepreneurship
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present ethnographic study explores the dynamics of “inside” and “outside” in diversity management and CSR. In focus is the Hungarian IT-company Prezi that engages in social issues such as gender equality, LGBT rights and anti-racism. Openness is Prezi’s watchword; by referring to themselves as open, the company aims to attract employees and foster a creative work process. Yet, to establish this openness, new insides and outsides need to be created. The study uses the work of Giorgio Agamben to trace the production of openness in various dimensions of the enterprise: boundaries between work and spare time, categorical divisions, organizational borders, and walls and other barriers in the office landscape. It is argued that while Prezi’s constellation of various types of openness is an efficient tool for social impact, the company’s production of transdimensional openness risks depoliticizing urgent social issues.

Keyword
Entrepreneurship, diversity management, Giorgio Agamben, Hungary, LGBTQ activism, queer theory, Pride Parade
National Category
Sociology Social Psychology Business Administration Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Sociology; Business Studies; Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261177 (URN)
Conference
In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities, ACSIS Conference, 15-17 June, Norrköping, Sweden
Projects
Videography of 'Alternative Entrepreneurships' - Prezi's cultivation of openness and anti-racism
Note

Forskningsprojektet är finansierat av Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse.

Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2017-12-19
Redmalm, D. (2014). Holy bonsai wolves: chihuahuas and the Paris Hilton syndrome. International journal of cultural studies, 17(1), 93-109.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Holy bonsai wolves: chihuahuas and the Paris Hilton syndrome
2014 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, Vol. 17, no 1, 93-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 This article examines the reasons for the Chihuahua breed’s popularity in contemporary westernsociety by looking at two sets of data: Chihuahua handbooks and The Simple Life show, starringParis Hilton and her Chihuahua Tinkerbell. The article argues that the Chihuahua is a holy anomaly:a creature which can be used in myths and rituals to temporarily alleviate the tension-filled binaryoppositions and stereotypes inherent in a particular culture, in order to celebrate and reinforcethat culture’s categories and social order. The Chihuahua – or the bonsai wolf – transcendstwo binary oppositions fundamental to contemporary westerners: subject/object and nature/culture. Although the Chihuahua challenges a number of related binary oppositions, it is generallydismissed as a matter for humor, low-brow entertainment or expressions of sentimentality,rendering ritual encounters with Chihuahuas harmless. The article concludes by asking: whatwould happen if humans actually started listening to what the Chihuahua is telling them?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014
Keyword
animal–human relations, anomalies, binary oppositions, chihuahuas, dichotomies, dogs, Donna Haraway, Paris Hilton, hudographies, humor, popular culture
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261559 (URN)10.1177/1367877912464539 (DOI)000328600100006 ()
Available from: 2014-11-28 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Redmalm, D. (2013). An animal without an animal within: investigating the identities of pet keeping. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro universitet.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An animal without an animal within: investigating the identities of pet keeping
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

If the human is an animal without an animal within—a creature that has transcended the animal condition—what is a pet? This creature balancing on the border between nature and culture, simultaneously included in and excluded from a human “we”, is the focus of this thesis. The thesis analyzes the discourses and normative frameworks structuring the meaning of pets in people’s lives. By extension, it analyzes how the boundary between “human” and “animal” is produced, negotiated, and challenged in the relationship between pet and owner.

Each of this thesis’ four constituent studies focuses on an aspect of personal relationships between humans and pets: pets as figures for philosophical thinking, the dual role of pets as commodities and companions, the grief for lost pets, and the power issues at play in the everyday life of pet and owner. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s genealogical approach, crossbred with Donna Haraway’s material-semiotic perspective, the analysis exposes the powers allowing pets to occupy these various positions.

The thesis demonstrates that pets occupy a special position as boundary creatures in the lives of humans, allowing humans to play with and thus reproduce dichotomies inherent to the contemporary Western worldview, such as human/animal, person/nonperson, subject/object, and friend/commodity. However, pets’ conceptual transgressions may also challenge this worldview. On the one hand, pets are bought and sold as commodities, but on the other, they are widely included in the human sphere as friends or family members. This paradoxical position is accentuated in the construction of a more-than-human home, and it is also visible when pets pass away. This thesis argues that pets, these anomalous creatures, may help humans understand that there are no humans or animals within, only relations between them. Based on this argument, this thesis develops a sociological approach for analyzing the production of humanity and animality in relations between humans and other animals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. 119 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Sociology, ISSN 1650-2531 ; 17
Keyword
animal studies, animality, anomalies, companion animals, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, human-animal studies, materialsemiotics, pets, posthumanism
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261597 (URN)978-91-7668-971-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-15, HSF, Hörsal F, Forumhuset, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-02
Redmalm, D. (2011). Christian Abrahamsson, Fredrik Palm, Sverre Wide (red.): Sociologik: tio essäer om socialitet och tänkande [Review]. Sociologisk forskning, 48(4), 75-78.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Christian Abrahamsson, Fredrik Palm, Sverre Wide (red.): Sociologik: tio essäer om socialitet och tänkande
2011 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 48, no 4, 75-78 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Psychology History of Ideas Philosophy
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261602 (URN)
Available from: 2012-04-03 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Redmalm, D. (2011). Ett svar som kräver en fråga: om Johan Asplunds socialpsykologi. In: Jonas Lindblom,Jonas Stier (Ed.), Det socialpsykologiska perspektivet: . Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett svar som kräver en fråga: om Johan Asplunds socialpsykologi
2011 (Swedish)In: Det socialpsykologiska perspektivet / [ed] Jonas Lindblom,Jonas Stier, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Den sociologiska socialpsykologin har vuxit fram som en reaktion på psykologisk socialpsykologi men också på traditionell, strukturorienterad, sociologi. I denna bok presenteras för första gången på svenska en extensiv och samlad redogörelse för den sociologiska socialpsykologins portalfigurer - deras biografier, idévärldar och begreppsbildningar. Efter att ha positionerat den sociologiska socialpsykologin behandlas i tur och ordning George Herbert Mead, Johan Asplund, Erich Fromm, Erik Homburger Erikson, Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jonathan Potter och Judith Butler. Därefter summeras de enskilda bidragen med avsikten att fördjupa förståelsen av ett socialpsykologiskt perspektiv på människan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261593 (URN)978-91-44-05370-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-02
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9902-1191

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