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Architectures of domestication: on emplacing human-animal relations in the North

By David G. Anderson, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers, Sara Asu Schroer, Robert P. Wishart

Category Journal Articles

This article explores human‐animal relationships in the North by calling for a fresh examination of the infrastructures and architectures which inscribe them. We draw attention to the self‐limiting quality of Arctic architectures which are designed to emphasize mutual autonomy. This approach challenges models that would create a crisp, clear separation between domestication as constituting a form of domination or a type of mutualism. By describing several key infrastructures of domestication – of tethers, enclosures, and traps – we hope to draw attention to the silencing of these domestic inventories. Revisiting the metaphor of the domus, we focus on the lands where these relationships are elaborated, re‐linking Arctic architectures to places of encounter. Drawing on in‐depth fieldwork mainly from Northern North America and various sites in Northern Eurasia, we present an ethnographically informed account that stresses the nuanced way in which strategies of control are blended with those of care and comfort, creating unbounded homes that are good to live in.

Date 2017
Publication Title Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume 23
Pages 398-418
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
DOI 10.1111/1467-9655.12613_1
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Arctic region
  3. Domestication
  4. Human-animal relationships
  5. North America
  6. open access
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