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Pet bylaws and posthumanist health promotion: a case study of urban policy

By M. Rock

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Dog walking enables physical activity and positive social interactions, but uncontrolled dogs as well as dog feces can foster conflict and deter physical activity, for both dog owners and nonowners. This case study shows that previously reported associations with dogs (both positive and negative) can be linked to the wording and the day-to-day implementation of, or incompliance with, local governments' bylaws on pets. In this example of posthumanist health promotion, the policy goal is to optimize the overall impact on well-being of pet animals. Analytically, the case study draws together insights from actor-network theory, Foucault's theory of governmentality, Bourdieu's theory of habitus, and anthrozoology (i.e. the study of human-animal interactions as well as related ideas and norms). Posthumanist health promotion is a theoretically informed approach that can assist in developing policy and implementation strategies, not only on pets but on a range of topics.

Publication Title Critical Public Health
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 201-212
ISBN/ISSN 0958-1596
DOI 10.1080/09581596.2012.749343
Language English
Author Address Population Health Intervention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.mrock@ucalgary.ca
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Tags
  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. APEC countries
  4. Canada
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Commonwealth of Nations
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Health
  12. Health policy
  13. Health Promotion
  14. Humans
  15. Hygiene
  16. Law and legal issues
  17. Mammals
  18. Men
  19. OECD countries
  20. peer-reviewed
  21. pet care
  22. Pets and companion animals
  23. physical activity
  24. Policy and Planning
  25. Primates
  26. United States of America
  27. urban areas
  28. vertebrates
  29. Walking
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  1. peer-reviewed