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Arctic Domus team members publish article on 'Architectures of Domestication'

Arctic Domus team members publish article on 'Architectures of Domestication'
26 April - 26 July 2017

Arctic Domus team members David Anderson, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers, Sara Asu Schroer, and Rob Wishart co-authored an article on arcitectures of domestication. The article, published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, is open access and can be found here. The abstract follows.

Title: Architectures of domestication: on emplacing human-animal relations in the North

Abstract: This article explores human-animal relationships in the North by calling for a fresh examination of the infrastructures and architectures which inscribe them. We draw attention to the self-limiting quality of Arctic architectures which are designed to emphasize mutual autonomy. This approach challenges models that would create a crisp, clear separation between domestication as constituting a form of domination or a type of mutualism. By describing several key infrastructures of domestication – of tethers, enclosures, and traps – we hope to draw attention to the silencing of these domestic inventories. Revisiting the metaphor of the domus, we focus on the lands where these relationships are elaborated, re-linking Arctic architectures to places of encounter. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork mainly from Northern North America and various sites in Northern Eurasia, we present an ethnographically informed account that stresses the nuanced way in which strategies of control are blended with those of care and comfort, creating unbounded homes that are good to live in.


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