• Purity, Nobility, Beauty and Performance: Past and Present Construction of Meaning for the Arabian Horse

    Author(s):
    Christoph Lange (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Subject(s):
    Arabic culture, Cultural anthropology, Ethnographic fieldwork, Ethnography, Ethnology, Social anthropology
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    ANT, Arabian Horse, ethnography, Social anthropology, STS
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6HK92
    Abstract:
    In this chapter I will develop an ethnographic approach to analyze the translocal connections within the global network of contemporary Arabian horse breeders. The focus thus lies on the purebred Arabian horse, its changing meaning, commodification, and the specific locally-situated work and practice, not only connecting the horse with their human counterparts but also constituting the different groups of actors and their relations among each other. Methodically, I draw on theoretical concepts from the field of anthropology, traditionally concerned with human-animal-nature entanglements (through domestication studies, studies of nomadic pastoralist societies: e.g. Cassidy and Mullin 2007; Ingold 1988, 2011; Grasseni 2009; Leder and Streck 2005), concepts influenced by human-animal studies such as multispecies ethnography and the French tradition of science and technology studies and ANT, namely obligatory passage points (OPP) by Michel Callon (1986), attachment by Antoine Hennion (2007) and immutable mobiles by Bruno Latour (1999). I chose Egypt’s scene of Arabian horse breeders as the ethnographic center of this analysis.
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    2 years ago
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