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"A gentle work horse would come in right handy": animals in Ozark agroecology

By B. C. Campbell

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Agricultural scientists now acknowledge the wisdom and practicality behind traditional (agro)ecological knowledge (TEK). Integration of TEK into contemporary organic agricultural systems is complicated, however, by the fact that agronomists, social scientists, and extension agents began systematically eradicating traditional practices decades ago in the name of modernization. Agroecological systems based in local, traditional knowledge are now quite rare in the United States, being found almost exclusively in isolated or marginal regions. The Ozark Highlands constitutes one of these regions that still houses pockets of traditional agroecology. This research explores one specific subset of traditional Ozark agroecology, farmers' perceptions of, and interaction with, their animals. Anthropological methods, including two years of participant observation, agro-ecosystem analysis, and formal ethnoecological and semi-structured interviews, document historical and contemporary Ozark farmers' interactions with, and cultural beliefs about, animals.

Date 2009
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 239-253
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175303709X457586
Language English
Author Address Department of Sociology, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035, USA.brianc@uca.edu
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  1. Anthrozoology
  2. Attitudes
  3. Developed countries
  4. Dwellings
  5. Highlands
  6. Horses
  7. Interactions
  8. interviews
  9. Mammals
  10. modernization
  11. North America
  12. OECD countries
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. perceptions
  15. Social psychology and social anthropology
  16. United States of America
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