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For science, love and money: the social worlds of poultry and rabbit breeding in Britain, 1900-1940

For science, love and money: the social worlds of poultry and rabbit breeding in Britain, 1900-1940

Marie, Jenny (2008) For science, love and money: the social worlds of poultry and rabbit breeding in Britain, 1900-1940. Social Studies of Science, 38 (6). pp. 919-936. ISSN 0306-3127 (Print), 1460-3659 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312708098608)

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Abstract

This paper traces the joint histories of poultry and rabbit breeding by fanciers, and for commercial and scientific purposes, in early 20th-century Britain. I show that the histories of the social worlds that bred for these different purposes are intertwined, as are the histories of poultry and rabbit breeding in general. To properly understand the history of scientific breeding we must therefore understand the general context of breeding in which this occurred. In the paper I show that as fancy poultry and rabbits were taken up for scientific research at the start of the 20th century they became scientific specimens and boundary objects between the social worlds. Their existence as boundary objects motivated the social worlds to coordinate their work through translators and trading zones. By the 1930s all three coordination methods were being used simultaneously.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: boundary objects, commerce, fancying, trading zones, translators
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 10:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30564

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