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Von Sklaven, Pferden und Hunden: Trialog über den Nutzen aktueller Agency-Debatten für die Sozialgeschichte


Schiel, Juliane; Schürch, Isabelle; Steinbrecher, Aline (2017). Von Sklaven, Pferden und Hunden: Trialog über den Nutzen aktueller Agency-Debatten für die Sozialgeschichte. Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, 32:17-48.

Abstract

This paper is a trialogue between three social historians who work on slaves, horses, and dogs in late medieval and early modern settings. Our aim is to critically assess the heuristic benefit of agency concepts and to discuss the consequences for a renewed social history if we paradigmatically include new actors, such as voiceless slaves and nonhuman animals. In our case studies, we do not simply add actors to the historical picture, but look at forms of interagency between different historical actors (master/slave, rider/horse, dog owner/dog). By focusing on the interactive modes of these "units", we are able to detect historically specific forms of social interaction, and also to include the multiple intermediary agents at work in facilitating, transforming, or even hindering the units' interagency (in our cases, These may include household goods, bits and saddles, dog leads, or spatial Arrangements). At the core of our Argument is a call for a symmetrical Attention to socially relevant historical interagency that does not mask strong asymmetrical relationships of power and hierarchy.

Abstract

This paper is a trialogue between three social historians who work on slaves, horses, and dogs in late medieval and early modern settings. Our aim is to critically assess the heuristic benefit of agency concepts and to discuss the consequences for a renewed social history if we paradigmatically include new actors, such as voiceless slaves and nonhuman animals. In our case studies, we do not simply add actors to the historical picture, but look at forms of interagency between different historical actors (master/slave, rider/horse, dog owner/dog). By focusing on the interactive modes of these "units", we are able to detect historically specific forms of social interaction, and also to include the multiple intermediary agents at work in facilitating, transforming, or even hindering the units' interagency (in our cases, These may include household goods, bits and saddles, dog leads, or spatial Arrangements). At the core of our Argument is a call for a symmetrical Attention to socially relevant historical interagency that does not mask strong asymmetrical relationships of power and hierarchy.

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Other titles:On Slaves, Horses, and Dogs: Trialogue on the Benefits of Debates about Agency for Social History
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:German
Date:2017
Deposited On:20 Oct 2017 08:17
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 08:50
Publisher:Chronos
ISSN:1664-6460
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010886555

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