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Hoffet, Franziska, 2015. Farm animals: between pets and livestock : a case study from a Swiss alpine farm. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



This essay explores farmers' interaction and emotional attachment to their cows. More precisely, the
emotional attachment, conceptualisation of a good cow and good stockmanship was analysed using
phenomenological approaches and Rhoda Wilkie’s (2005: 218) classification of sentient
commodities as a central concept. The fieldwork was carried out as a participant observation on an
alpine farm in the Swiss Alps during one summer. The essay discusses how farmers emotionally
relate to their cows, how the emotional relationship is different to other livestock animals and
ultimately, how the emotional attachment of the farmer to their animals enables the transgression of
the division of pet and livestock in farm animals.

Main title:Farm animals: between pets and livestock
Subtitle:a case study from a Swiss alpine farm
Authors:Hoffet, Franziska
Supervisor:Eriksson, Camilla and Petitt, Andrea
Examiner:Nordström Källström, Helena
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2015
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Alpine farming, human-livestock interaction, Simmental cows, Switzerland
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural population
Deposited On:10 Sep 2015 14:42
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2015 14:42

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