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Entanglements-intimacy and nonhuman ethics

By H. Reinert

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Drawing on ethnographic material from the Norwegian Arctic, this article explores issues of specificity, encounter, and emplacement in human-animal relations through the lens of modernizing indigenous reindeer pastoralism in the region. In turn, the main sections of the argument examine three things: first, the changing technological context of indigenous herding practice, focusing on the impact of mechanization and the emergence of "roundup corrals" in the second half of the twentieth century; second, the distinct modalities of specificity at work in human-reindeer relations, exemplified particularly in practices of enumeration; and third, how ongoing controversies over supplementary feeding bring into view a herding ethic of "liminality" that cultivates distance as a precondition for maintaining the autonomy and independence of the "semi-domesticated" reindeer-opening up the possibility of reframing apparent neglect (at least partially) as a practice of care. In closing, some questions are raised concerning nonhuman ethics at the intersection between visibility, presence, and encounter.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 42-56
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341318
Language English
Author Address Estonian Institute of Humanities (EHI), Tallinn Unviersity, Tallinn,
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal housing
  2. Animals
  3. Deer
  4. Developed countries
  5. Domestic animals
  6. Ethics
  7. Europe
  8. Humans
  9. Indigenous populations
  10. Knowledge
  11. Mammals
  12. mechanization
  13. Men
  14. Norway
  15. OECD countries
  16. Pastoralism.
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Primates
  19. rearing
  20. Relationships
  21. Ruminants
  22. Scandinavia
  23. supplementary feeding
  24. technology
  25. ungulates
  26. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed