The Social Practice of Racehorse Breeding

Cassidy, Rebecca. 2002. The Social Practice of Racehorse Breeding. Society and Animals, 10(2), pp. 155-171. ISSN 1063-1119 [Article]

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This paper suggests that the stories that thoroughbred breeders
tell about racehorse reproduction can contribute to an understanding
of their ideas about relatedness between humans. It
examines the thoroughbred pedigree as it is presented in the
English sales catalogue as a locus of complex ideas about heredity,
fer tility, and procreation. It argues that resistance within
the industry to new reproductive technologies, including arti�cial
insemination, can be understood in terms of ideas about relatedness
between horses and, by implication, between people.This
paper is based upon extensive par ticipant observation conducted
within the horseracing industry based in the town of Newmarket, England.

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15 Jun 2015 14:46

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