Download Canis Africanis: A Dog History of Southern Africa by Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart PDF

By Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart

ISBN-10: 9004154191

ISBN-13: 9789004154193

The function of the puppy in human society is the connecting thread that binds the essays in Canis Africanis, each one revealing a distinct a part of the advanced social historical past of southern Africa. The essays diversity commonly from issues over sickness, bestiality, and social degradation via playing on canine to anxieties over social prestige mirrored via breed classifications, and social uprising via resisting the puppy tax imposed through colonial specialists. With its specialize in canine in human background, this undertaking is a part of what has been termed the animal flip within the social sciences, which investigates the areas which animals inhabit in human society and how within which animal and human lives interconnect, demonstrating how diversified human teams build a number identities for themselves (and for others) when it comes to animals. So rather than conceiving of animals as only materials of ecological or agricultural platforms, they are often comprehended via their function in human cultures.

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Used with kind permission of The Cape Argus. 32 lance van sittert and sandra swart The work, when displayed at the parliamentary club, so offended the ANC’s preference for ‘decorative’ art that the chief whip ordered its removal. Paswolsky and Bester’s art were also merely imitating life in post-apartheid South Africa where a shockingly graphic demonstration of the dog’s iconic role was provided when four white policemen ‘trained their dogs’ on three black Mozambican illegal immigrants in 1998.

It did not consider variation within ‘types’ and specimens that did not Àt neatly into a deÀned ‘type’ were considered to be cross-breeds. This approach to biology has long been recognised as fundamentally Áawed; today biologists assess variability in the light of the range of genetic make-up of organisms in a breeding population. 12 By contrast, we take the view that, at least in southern Africa, the pre-colonial dog population was essentially one, albeit large and diverse, gene pool. We make this argument because most homesteads in rural African communities do not have the facilities for effective segregation of bitches on heat.

Za. Bester subsequently used the video in his ‘Dogs of War’ series. 139 See for example S. McHugh, Dog (2004) for a recent attempt to treat the species history universally. 140 Shear, ‘Police dogs’ and Tropp, ‘Dogs’ in this volume. Both allude to the place and social meaning of dogs in African society, but through the eyes of white observers. ’s, ‘Traditional hunting’, supervised by the late Ruth Edgecombe. CANIS FAMILIARIS: a dog history of south africa 33 The second lacuna where caricature substitutes for analysis is the dog’s place in Afrikaner society, for the essays in this collection are not only middle class, but also mainly urban, English-speaking in perspective—the location and language of the state and organised dog fancy in the region.

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