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Body Pedagogics, Transactional Identities and Human-Animal Relations

Shilling, Chris (2021) Body Pedagogics, Transactional Identities and Human-Animal Relations. Sociology, . ISSN 0038-0385. (doi:10.1177/00380385211049712) (KAR id:90162)

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The sociology of the body developed as a reaction against Cartesian conceptions of homo clausus that haunted disciplinary thought in the late twentieth century but exhibited anthropocentric tendencies in neglecting non-human animals. Building upon recent attempts to address this situation, I develop a transactional approach towards body pedagogics that explores how the shifting borders governing human-animal relations influence people’s embodied identities. Transactions between humans and (other) animals have been an historic constant across contrasting societies, but the patterning of these exchanges is framed by specific cultural body pedagogics. Focusing on the institutional means, characteristic experiences and corporeal outcomes of ‘civilizing’ and ‘companionate’ human-animal body pedagogics, I explore the identity-shaping impact of these different modalities of inter-species inter-corporeality and demonstrate the sociological utility of this transactional approach.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00380385211049712
Uncontrolled keywords: Sociology of the body, body pedagogics, Dewey, transactionalism, human-animal relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Chris Shilling
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2021 08:54 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:27 UTC
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