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Title:Canis Familiaris: A Dog History of South Africa
Authors:Van Sittert, LanceISNI
Swart, SandraISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
social history
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470308671929
Abstract:Two themes - extermination and domestication - animate the dog history of southern Africa, part of a broader process of 'bringing in the wild', first under the superintendence of indigenous Africans and, from the mid-seventeenth century onwards, European settlers. Each epoch of human-canine interaction produced its own peculiar animal, literally a precolonial, colonial and postcolonial dog, as well as its doppelgänger, the wild 'Kaffir' or stray dog. This collection of papers on the history of the dog in South Africa uses the dog to think about human society and illustrates the emotional, intellectual, financial and political investment people make in their dogs. Lance Van Sittert and Sandra Swart paint a broad canine history of South Africa; Albert Grundlingh discusses British greyhound racing on the Witwatersrand between 1932 and 1949; Sandra Swart focuses on the social role of three Southern African dog 'breeds': the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Boerboel and the Africanis dog; Lance Van Sittert considers the 1893 Port Elizabeth rabies epidemic; and Kirsten McKenzie traces concerns about stray dogs in letters written to the 'Advertiser' as a route towards understanding an emergent bourgeois culture in Cape Town in the early nineteenth century. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]