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Sensuous governance: Assessing urban animal hoarding
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2014 (English)In: Housing, Theory and Society, ISSN 1403-6096, E-ISSN 1651-2278, Vol. 31, no 4, 464-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article addresses how professional animal welfare inspectors and police officers produce knowledge about animal hoarding, and how they detect disconcern and come to conclusions about how to act. The specific aim is to contribute to a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of urban animal hoarding assessment by deploying the framework of “sensuous governance”. I will do so by focusing on the ways in which authorities use and record their senses of the emplaced situation – their visual, olfactory and auditory impressions – in order to make a judgement. The more general contribution concerns how the dimension of species adds to the long-lasting sociological interest in sensing as a mode of knowing about our environment. Using interview data along with animal welfare protocols from a Swedish study of human/animal relations in the city, the intersection of species, spaces and senses is put in focus.

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2014. Vol. 31, no 4, 464-479 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233681DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2014.928650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233681DiVA: diva2:753544
Available from: 2014-10-08 Created: 2014-10-08 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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