Society and Animals 20 (1):39-60 (2012)

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Despite the interest that sociologists, especially in the English-speaking world, show in animals and human-animal relations, we know little about the place that animals actually have in work. The social sciences still see work as a distinctive feature of humans. Based on the hypothesis that animals are actors involved in the process of work, and not simply objects, the relationship of a herd of 60 cows was studied with their farmer, among themselves, and with a milking robot. Our findings show that cows do collaborate in the farmer’s work, and our results raise the question: can cows’ collaboration in work be considered work?
Keywords animal welfare   animal husbandry   livestock animals   milk production   sociology and psychology of work
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DOI 10.1163/156853012x614350
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