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Blank, Josefin, 2022. Jag mötte inte Lassie, men flera andra vallhundar inom det svenska lantbruket. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Den här texten handlar om arbetande hundar i det svenska lantbruket. Genom intervjuer och observationer av fem personer och deras hundar diskuteras hundens närvaro i lantbruket genom begreppen icke-mänsklig aktör, relation och värderingar. Dessa begrepp definieras utifrån Actor-Network Theory och Dwelling som båda är större teoretiska ramverk. Helheten av dessa teoretiska ramverk har också bidragit till en del av de resonemang som följer i texten. Arbete med vallhundar är ett långsiktigt åtagande som kräver mycket av både hund och människa. I texten beskrivs livet tillsammans med vallhunden, vallhundens roll för de som arbetar tillsammans med dem och det jobb som ligger bakom relationen med hunden. Att jobba med vallhundar är att jobba med levande varelser som har sitt eget liv. I resultatet framkom att en inkorporering av hundens medfödda egenskaper i verksamheten via dynamiska relationer ger givande arbete för både hund och människa.

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This study aimed to describe herding dogs and humans working together within the Swedish livestock husbandry. Five people and their herding dogs participated in the study through interviews and observations. The empirical evidence collected is discussed together with the concepts of non-human actors, relations and values. The notion of these concepts derives from Latour’s actor-network theory and Owain and Jones’ work with the concept of dwelling. Working with herding dogs is a long-term commitment that requires a lot of effort and time from humans and dogs alike. This paper describes the day to day life of the working dog-human dyads, the importance of the herding dog’s presence for those working alongside them. It also describes the relational work that starts long before the dogs can begin working with livestock and how it continues throughout their lives. To work with dogs is to work with living beings with their own needs and wants, which requires good insight in questions of animal ethics and animal welfare. The empirical evidence showed that incorporating the innate capabilities of herding dogs with the tasks of livestock husbandry through dynamic relationships can result in work that is rewarding for both dogs and humans.

Main title:Jag mötte inte Lassie, men flera andra vallhundar inom det svenska lantbruket
Authors:Blank, Josefin
Supervisor:Sahlström, Emma
Examiner:Beckman, Malin
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY009 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 300 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:icke-mänsklig aktör, dwelling, actor-network theory, relation, värderingar, vallhund, lantbruk, boskapsskötsel
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500504
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500504
Subjects:Rural sociology and social security
Language:Swedish
Deposited On:25 Nov 2022 08:49
Metadata Last Modified:25 Nov 2022 08:49

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