von Essen, Erica
- Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Von Essen, Erica
Sport hunting has been shaped by modernization processes such as commoditization and rationalization. But these processes have also precipitated counterreactions seeking to return hunting to a state of authenticity. This is manifested in the rise of atavism such as bowhunting and exemplified in an embodied turn that involves a more intimate and care-based relationship with wildlife. Many hunters today are demarcated into “communities of practice” on the basis of how they are positioned in relation to these contradicting trends. In this article, I investigate what happens when such trends and leisure communities of practice collide, using a case study of wild boar hunting. I show how the wild boar becomes a nexus for the contradictions of modernization. This is discussed, first, as to what this means for wild boar welfare and, second, as to what sorts of identities, values, and ethics the wild boar brings about among hunters.
atavism; fair chase; hunting; identity; modernization; nature
2020, Volume: 42, number: 5-6, pages: 552–569
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)