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Fabriquer l'animal de compagnie. Ethnographie d'un refuge S.P.A.

Abstract : This paper will try to inform the way the French Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPA) participates actively in the redefining of human/animal relationships. Rather than on the legislative and media fights of the SPA, the focus here is on the everyday activities of protection. Thus, we will show that, although they appear to be routine work, disconnected from the ideal of animal protection, their impact is eminently political. Through an ethnographical account of a SPA animal shelter, we will analyze this space as a requalification apparatus, in which animals are transformed into singular beings, fitted to be integrated to the human society. The shelter will be seen as a matrix, shaping beings the most capable of enacting pacified human/animal relationships. The various sub-spaces which compose the shelter, the relational regimes which we can observe there, and the tests procedures used to manage the "flow" of animals, will be described. We shall also see how the shelter as an apparatus helps to solve tensions between contradictory aspects animal protection.
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Jérôme Michalon. Fabriquer l'animal de compagnie. Ethnographie d'un refuge S.P.A.. Sociologie, Presses Universitaires de France, 2013, 4 (2), pp.47-66. ⟨10.3917/socio.042.0163⟩. ⟨halshs-00832376⟩



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