Equine Cultures in Transition: Ethical Questions

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Jonna Bornemark, Petra Andersson, Ulla Ekström von Essen
Routledge, 2019 - Animal rights - 259 pages

Societal views on animals are rapidly changing and have become more diversified: can we use them for our own pleasure, and how should we understand animal agency? These questions, asked both in theoretical discourses and different practices, are also relevant for our understanding of horses and the human-horse relation.

Equine Cultures in Transition stands as the first volume to bring together ethical questions of the new field of human-horse studies. For instance: what sort of ethics should be developed in relation to the horse today: an egalitarian ethics or an ethics that builds upon asymmetrical relations? How can we understand the horse as a social actor and as someone who, just like the human being, becomes through interspecies relations? Through which methods can we give the horse a stronger voice and better understand its becoming? These questions are not addressed from a medical or ethological perspective focused on natural behaviour, but rather from human acknowledgement of the horse as a sensing, feeling, acting, and relational being; and as a part of interspecies societies and relations.

Providing an introductory yet theoretically advanced and broad view of the field of post humanism and human animal studies, Equine Cultures in Transition will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as human-animal studies, political sociology, animals and ethics, animal behaviour, anthropology, and sociology of culture. It may also appeal to riders and other practitioners within different horse traditions.

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About the author (2019)

Jonna Bornemark is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Sweden.

Petra Andersson is a researcher in Practical Philosophy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ulla Ekström von Essen is Associate Professor in History of Ideas at the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University, Sweden.

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