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Title Canis africanis : a dog history of Southern Africa / edited by Lance van Sittert and Sandra Swart
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 295 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Human-animal studies ; v. 5
Human-animal studies ; v. 5
Contents List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; Canis Familiaris: A Dog History of Southern Africa (Lance van Sittert and Sandra Swart); Africanis: The Pre-Colonial Dog of Africa (Tim Maggs and Judith Sealy); A Short Paper about a Dog (Susie Newton-King); What the Dogs Knew: Intelligence and Morality in the Cape Colony (Elizabeth Green Musselman); Dogs and the Public Sphere: The Ordering of Social Space in Early Nineteenth-Century Cape Town (Kirsten McKenzie); Class and Canicide in Little Bess: The 1893 Port Elizabeth Rabies Epidemic (Lance van Sittert)
Summary The role of the dog in human society is the connecting thread that binds the essays in Canis Africanis, each revealing a different part of the complex social history of southern Africa. The essays range widely from concerns over disease, bestiality, and social degradation through gambling on dogs to anxieties over social status reflected through breed classifications, and social rebellion through resisting the dog tax imposed by colonial authorities. With its focus on dogs in human history, this project is part of what has been termed the 'animal turn' in the social sciences, which investigates the spaces which animals inhabit in human society and the way in which animal and human lives interconnect, demonstrating how different human groups construct a range of identities for themselves (and for others) in terms of animals. So instead of conceiving of animals as merely constituents of ecological or agricultural systems, they can be comprehended through their role in human cultures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Africanis -- Africa, Southern -- History.
Human-animal relationships -- Africa, Southern.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Swart, Sandra Scott.
Van Sittert, Lance.
LC no. 2007039223
ISBN 1281917443
9047422805 (electronic bk.)
9789047422808 (electronic bk.)