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Transspecies urban theory: chickens in an African city

By Alice Hovorka

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Abstract

New cultural animal geography offers conceptual tools for a reinterpretation of urbanization in Africa. This article applies transspecies urban theory to the existing literature on urban livestock in the developing world, as well as a case study of chickens in Botswana to demonstrate how cities are inextricably wrapped up in human—animal relations. A focus on animals as influential actors, and interspecies mingling encourages one to acknowledge that animals are shaped by, and are themselves central actors in the constitution of, urban form, function, and dynamics. Recognition of subaltern `animal towns' challenges the perceived centrality of human existence.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2008
Publication Title Cultural Geographies
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 95-117
Publisher SAGE
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474474007085784
URL http://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/23187
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Africa
  2. Birds
  3. Chickens
  4. Physical environment
  5. urbanization
  6. Urban Livestock