Roadkill: Between Humans, Nonhuman Animals, and Technologies

Society and Animals 12 (4):277-298 (2004)
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This paper has two broad objectives. First, the paper aims to treat roadkill as a topic of serious social scientific inquiry by addressing it as a cultural artifact through which various identities are played out. Thus, the paper shows how the idea of roadkill-as-food mediates contradictions and ironies in American identities concerned with hunting, technology, and relationships to nature. At a second, more abstract, level, the paper deploys the example of roadkill to suggest a par ticular approach to theorizing broader relationships between humans, nonhuman animals, and technology. This paper draws on recent developments in science and technology studies, in particular, the work of Latour and Serres , to derive a number of prepositional metaphors. The paper puts these forward tentatively as useful tools for exploring and unpicking some of the complex connections and heterogeneous relationalities between humans, animals, and the technology from which roadkill emerges



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We Have Never Been Modern.Bruno Latour - 1993 - Harvard University Press.
The Parasite.Michel Serres - 2007 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
Organizing Modernity.John Law - 1994 - Wiley-Blackwell.
The Rhetoric of Irony.Wayne C. Booth - 1975 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 33 (3):361-363.

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