103 Guest Editors' Introduction Through the Geographical Looking Glass: Space, Place, and Society-Animal Relations Chris Philo UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Jennifer Wolch1 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA As geographers interested in human-animal relations, a recent paper in Society & Animals immediately caught our eye on account of its main title, "Safe in Unsafe Places" (Gillespie, Leffler & Lemer, 1996). The study explores how human interactions in certain types of places are altered by the presence of dogs popularly perceived to be aggressive. Adopting a participant observation role as dog enthu- siasts travelling around the country attending dog shows with their own Rottwei ler dogs, the authors uncover a range of shifting relations involving people, dogs and spatial-temporal settings. For instance, spaces normally seen as threatening or "unsafe" (such as a beach late at night) became much safer with the Rottweilers present. Conversely, spaces normally assumed to be "safe" (such as a village during the day) suddenly became unsafe because the big dogs prompted unpredictable reactions from other humans and also from other animals (leading to the possibility of pre-emptive strikes against both the researchers and their dogs). The researchers offered the following conclusions: Thus our experience of travel with dogs
Society & Animals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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