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Becoming horseboy(s) - human-horse relations and intersectionality in equiscapes
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogisk idrottsforskning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0763-2580
2019 (English)In: Leisure Studies, ISSN 0261-4367, E-ISSN 1466-4496, Vol. 38, no 3, p. 408-421Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Leisure studies have given scant regard to human-animal relations and intersectionality. In this paper, I respond to calls for research analysing leisure as a complex, multispecies phenomenon by exploring human-horse relations and intersectionality in boy's/men's equestrian stories through the concept of intra-activity and creative analytical writing. Thinking and writing through intra-activity brings insights into the co-constitution of humans and horses, as well as the entanglement of other power relations and social categories. The paper illustrates that becoming horseboy(s) is a process of material-discursive intra-activity where boys/men, by transcending the human-animal divide simultaneously transcend the female-male/masculine-feminine divide. Thus, engaging materially with horses can allow and encourage boys/men to be less constrained by dominant gender discourses. The paper also illustrates the importance of studying gender, not as a separate or primary category of privilege or inequality, but as one that is entangled with race, class, sexuality, age and other animals. I finally argue that bringing horses, as well as discourses, into discussions of the enactment of gender in leisure landscapes offers a productive site for elaborating the much-debated question, posed by feminist posthumanists, of the agency of matter.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 38, no 3, p. 408-421
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Human-horse relations, gender, intersectionality, intra-activity, equestrian sports, creative analytical writing
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Gender Studies
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Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-5747DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1584230ISI: 000466286400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-5747DiVA, id: diva2:1316603
Available from: 2019-05-20 Created: 2019-05-20 Last updated: 2019-08-14

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