By Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart
The position of the puppy in human society is the connecting thread that binds the essays in Canis Africanis, each one revealing a unique a part of the complicated social historical past of southern Africa. The essays diversity greatly from issues over ailment, bestiality, and social degradation via playing on canine to anxieties over social prestige mirrored via breed classifications, and social uprising via resisting the puppy tax imposed by means of colonial professionals. With its specialize in canine in human heritage, this undertaking is a part of what has been termed the animal flip within the social sciences, which investigates the areas which animals inhabit in human society and how within which animal and human lives interconnect, demonstrating how assorted human teams build a variety of identities for themselves (and for others) by way of animals. So rather than conceiving of animals as in simple terms components of ecological or agricultural platforms, they are often comprehended via their function in human cultures.
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And T. Sisson, Just Nuisance AB: His Full Story (Cape Town, 1985). 79 ‘Report of the Chairman of the Federal Council for the year 1946/47’, SAKUG, 10 ( Jan. 1948), 268 and ‘Comment’, KUSA, 59 ( Jan. 1995), 14. CANIS FAMILIARIS: a dog history of south africa 19 Figure 3. 81 The enduring popularity of the alsatian (the top national breed 1952–89) and its brief displacement by the dobermann pinscher (1976–78) also reÁected escalating black opposition to apartheid after 1960, producing a clear preference for large, Àerce dogs on the part of the white public.
Whyte, Who Wants a Dog? D. du Plessis, Buster, Sally and Mark: The Story of Three Dogs (Cape Town, 1978) and A. Markowitz, This is Your Dog ( Johannesburg, 1978). 104 Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Annual Report, 1939. CANIS FAMILIARIS: 25 a dog history of south africa 30000 16000 14000 25000 20000 10000 8000 15000 6000 10000 Number Dogs Number All Animals 12000 4000 5000 1896 1899 1902 1905 1908 1911 1914 1917 1920 1923 1926 1929 1932 1935 1938 1941 1944 1947 1950 1953 1956 1959 0 2000 0 Year CT Total Jhb Total CT Dogs Jhb Dogs Figure 5.
An icon of authority, the proxy of state power in the township, had been assaulted in the canicide. 132 He merely Àned the defendants a total of R2 200, payable in instalments, for assault. ’134 Given its prominent role in the defence of white power and property, the dog became an easy metaphor for apartheid. The canine metaphor has also been employed to emphasise the rainbow nation’s enduring continuities with the past. Thus Steven Paswolsky’s Àlm, Inja (dog), deals 128 Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, vol.
Canis Africanis: A Dog History of Southern Africa (Human-Animal Studies) by Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart