Dogs and Cats in South Korea: Itinerant Commodities

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 Dogs and Cats in South Korea: Itinerant Commodities
ePub
Purdue University Press
12/15/2021
200pp
English
9781612497068
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Book Description

Dogs and Cats in South Korea: Itinerant Commodities shows that though dogs and cats are consumed in the millions each year, they are recipients of both cruelty and care in a very unique way compared to other animal species in South Korean society. The anti-imperialist and postcolonial stances associated with the consumption of dogs and cats in South Korea are oversimplistic. Stereotypes by societies that do not eat these animals overshadow the various ways in which South Korean citizens interact with them, including companionship. In fact, many dogs and cats go from companion to livestock, and from livestock to companion, demonstrating that the relationships with these creatures are not only complex, but also fluid. The trajectories of the lives of dogs and cats are never linear. In that sense, individual dogs and cats in South Korea are itinerant animals navigating an exchange system based on culture, economics, and politics. With nuance and cultural understanding, Dugnoille tells the complicated stories of these animals in South Korea, as well as the humans who commoditize and singularize them.

About the Author(s):

Julien Dugnoille is a senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Exeter. He received his DPhil in anthropology from Oxford. For nearly a decade, much of his work has been dedicated to examining the place of dogs and cats in South Korean society and culture, a particularly complex and interesting research area that touches on cultural relativism and imperialism, the use of animals in national identity rhetoric, the legitimacy of food taboos, speciesism, and the question of violence within the debates between welfarist and abolitionist approaches to human-animal interactions.