Animal Agendas: Conflict over Productive Animals in Twentieth-Century Australian Cities

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Abstract

Over the course of the twentieth century, the number of productive nonhuman animals (livestock and poultry) in Australian cities declined dramatically. This decline resulted-at least in part-from an imaginative geography, in which productive animals were deemed inappropriate occupants of urban spaces. A class-based prioritization of amenity, privacy, order, and the protection of real property values-as well as a gender order within which animal-keeping was not recognized as a legitimate economic activity for women-shaped this imaginative geography of animals that found its most critical expression in local government regulations. However, there were different imaginative geographies among women and men-mostly those from the working class-whose emotional and economic relationships with productive animals led them to advocate for those animals as legitimate and desirable urban inhabitants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
JournalSociety and Animals
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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