Giraud, EHS and Hollin, GJS (2016) Care, laboratory beagles and affective utopia. Theory, Culture and Society. ISSN 1460-3616

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Abstract

A caring approach to knowledge production has been portrayed as epistemologically radical, ethically vital and as fostering continuous responsibility between researchers and research-subjects. This article examines these arguments through focusing on the ambivalent role of care within the first large-scale experimental beagle colony, a self-professed ‘beagle utopia’ at the University of California, Davis, (1951-1986). We argue that care was at the core of the beagle colony; the lived environment was re-shaped in response to animals ‘speaking back’ to researchers, and ‘love’ and ‘kindness’ were important considerations during staff recruitment. Ultimately, however, we show that care-relations were used to manufacture compliancy, preventing the predetermined ends of the experiment from being troubled. Rather than suggesting Davis would have been less ethically troubling, or more epistemologically radical, with ‘better’ care, however, we suggest the case troubles existing care theory and argue that greater attention needs to be paid to histories, contexts, and exclusions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Authors, Sage Publications. Published online before print; Giraud, E. & Hollin, G., 2016. Care, Laboratory Beagles and Affective Utopia. Theory, Culture & Society. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276415619685
Uncontrolled Keywords: affect, care, animals, embodied communication, laboratory science, dogs
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 09:46
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 09:50
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1147

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