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Multispecies Urban Space and History:: Dogs and Other Nonhuman Animals in 19th Century Stockholm
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

 This text aims to place nonhuman animals at the core of urban space and history to provide an insight into the life and materiality of dogs in Stockholm 1824-1920. The theoretical possibilities of more-than-human enquiries into history are discussed along with non-human animals as historical beings together with humans creating a common history (Ingold 2000, Whatmore 2002). Moreover nonhuman animals are discussed and incorporated in an exploration into using what is here discussed as a multispecies narrative and used as an analytical tool to try to avoid the pitfalls of representationalism. It is also introduced as a possible new methodology to approaching the urban landscape within the field of environmental history. The main empirical material of dogs in nineteenth century Stockholm are records from the city dog pound along with records of dog tax and rabies. Other than archive material a wide range of material contemporary to the research period such as art, photography and literature is used as part of a broad exploration of nonhuman animals as integral in materiality of Stockholm and as historical beings. Findings of the study confirm that dogs and other nonhuman animals hugely impacted both the spatial structure and social space of Stockholm and that this impact transformed over the research period defined by societal changes. More specifically the study shows that dogs played an important role as free roaming scavengers and were for this reason accepted as an integral part of the city in the nineteenth century in Stockholm. Later in the research period when the city became more regulated this role started to change and dogs were not accepted loose on the streets to the same degree and transformed into pets and symbols of social mobility and class. Regarding the use of a multispecies narrative the conclusion that can be drawn form this thesis is that is opens up for discussions on the materiality of urban space and history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Multispecies Narrative, Environmental History, Methodology, Urban Animal History, Dogs, Materiality, Urban Space, Stockholm, Nineteenth Century, Nonhuman animals, Complimentary Space, The Dwelling Perspective, Hybrid Geographies, Posthumanism
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Humanities Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264479DiVA: diva2:860706
Educational program
Master Programme in Global Environmental History
2015-06-03, Uppsala, 14:46 (English)
Available from: 2015-12-12 Created: 2015-10-13 Last updated: 2015-12-12Bibliographically approved

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