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The construction of human–animal relations: National Jumps Day 2013 at Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand


McManus, P and Graham, R and Ruse, K, The construction of human-animal relations: National Jumps Day 2013 at Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand, New Zealand Geographer, 70, (3) pp. 190-200. ISSN 0028-8144 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 New Zealand Geographical Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/nzg.12068


New Zealand is an important place for thoroughbred breeding and racing. Most races are on the flat, but jumps racing is conducted in the cooler months. The 2013 National Jumps Day at Te Rapa, Hamilton, was a significant space for the construction of human–animal relations. Drawing on three bodies of accounts, we ask whether social media contributes to the realignment of perspectives or reinforces existing human–animal relations. We explore competing narratives and demonstrate how animals, people, activities and places are constructed, including making animal deaths unrecognisable to perpetuate activities that are questioned by contemporary animal geographies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal geographies, print media, social media, sport, thoroughbreds
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Ruse, K (Ms Karen Ruse)
ID Code:100426
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-05-15
Last Modified:2015-08-28

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