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Hur gör djur?: Människor, andra djur och utmaningar för sociologin
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2006 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 1, 5-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the issue that even though we can witness a change in attitudes and practices towards animals in contemporary western society, main stream sociology has been reluctant to treat research on human–animal relations seriously. The point made is that such research should be of great interest, not just for empirical reasons, but also because human–animal interaction challenges some of our most common sociological concepts and traditions. With the help of some illustrative examples from the zoological park of Slottsskogen, Göteborg, I review some new currents from the field of the sociology of human–animal relations and investigate such challenges with regards to concepts like interaction, personification and social identity. Some less common concepts, derived from the same research field, such as anima urbis, speciesism and significant otherness, also get introduced. The article concludes that main stream sociology could learn a lot from this sub-field, and I especially draw on symbolic interactionism, urban research and feminism to make that claim.

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Uppsala: Sveriges sociologförbund, , 2006. no 1, 5-19 p.
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human-animal relations, interaction, urban animal, symbolic interactionism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-78649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-78649DiVA: diva2:106562
Available from: 2006-03-28 Created: 2006-03-28Bibliographically approved

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