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Transspecies urban theory: chickens in an African city

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Hovorka, Alice

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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.
Free Keywords Africa •Botswana •chickens •new cultural animal geography •transspecies urban theory; urban livestock •urbanization;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 95-117
Journal Cultural Geographies, 15 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)