2006 volume 38(7) pages 1307 – 1326

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Yarwood R, Evans N, 2006, "A Lleyn sweep for local sheep? Breed societies and the geographies of Welsh livestock" Environment and Planning A 38(7) 1307 – 1326

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A Lleyn sweep for local sheep? Breed societies and the geographies of Welsh livestock

Richard Yarwood, Nick Evans

Received 2 October 2004; in revised form 9 February 2005

Abstract. In this paper we use Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to examine human – animal relationships within capitalist agricultural systems. In the first part of the paper we examine how Bourdieu’s ideas have been used by academics to provide insights into the ways that livestock affect and are affected by farming practice. In the second part we build on these conceptual, empirical, and policy insights by examining some of the national and international social networks that contribute to human – animal relationships in capitalistic farming. We focus on a case study of Welsh livestock and, in particular, the historic and contemporary roles that breed societies play in the imagination of farm animals and the creation of capitals in agriculture.

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