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Record number 545239
Title Urban wildlife: practices of recognition
Author(s) Kisora, Yulia; Driessen, C.P.G.
Event Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, 2018-04-10/2018-04-14
Department(s) Cultural Geography
WASS
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2018
Abstract Under conditions of rapid urbanization humans and non-humans are pushed together and a question of how to co-exist ‘less destructively and more ethically’ is widely felt to be an urgent one. Recent ethical and political thought about human-animal relations in urban spaces have been modelled on various conceptualizations of urban animals: as animal denizens, members of multispecies communities, or neighbours. We aim to elaborate on the discussion by presenting analysis of practices dealing with urban wildlife in Helsinki. We focus on two practices: pest control and wild animals ambulance. We will argue that the two cases expose a productive tension: while in pest control the concerns of public health and safety play the main role, wild animals ambulance ought to put well-being of individual animals first. By producing multispecies accounts of interactions, we endeavour to see how non-human agency and subjectivity can be/are informally and implicitly recognised and acknowledged.
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