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Political animals? On animals as subjects in an enlarged political geography

Hobson, Kersty

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This paper is positioned within on-going debates about the expansion and re-theorization of political geography's ambit. It argues that animals could and should be included as subjects within sub-disciplinary research. Whilst political ecologists regularly employ animal conservation case studies to detail the complexities of struggles over resource distributions, this work often frames animals as static components of a thoroughly human sociality. This paper draws on conceptual debates within...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHobson, Kersty
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:33:37Z
dc.identifier.issn0962-6298
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/34754
dc.description.abstractThis paper is positioned within on-going debates about the expansion and re-theorization of political geography's ambit. It argues that animals could and should be included as subjects within sub-disciplinary research. Whilst political ecologists regularly employ animal conservation case studies to detail the complexities of struggles over resource distributions, this work often frames animals as static components of a thoroughly human sociality. This paper draws on conceptual debates within cultural geography, in particular those pertaining to 'animal' and 'hybrid' geographies. It argues that animals be viewed as dynamic beings, inextricable to political processes, and integral to the formation and operation of the political networks that regulate, protect and exploit them. This assertion is elaborated here through discussions of recent campaigns to end bear bile farming in East Asia, in particular, the work of the Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia Foundation. This example aims to illuminate the potential strengths and limitations of arguing through a 'hybrid geography' lens, and aims to stimulate further debate around the standing of animals within an enlarged and enlarging political geography.
dc.publisherPergamon-Elsevier Ltd
dc.sourcePolitical Geography
dc.subjectKeywords: cultural geography; political geography; Animalia Animal welfare; Hong Kong; Hybrid geographies; Mainland China; Political ecology
dc.titlePolitical animals? On animals as subjects in an enlarged political geography
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume26
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor160499 - Human Geography not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9008537xPUB116
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHobson, Kersty, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage250
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage267
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.10.010
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T09:37:24Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33947414084
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