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Canis Africanis: A Dog History of Southern Africa by Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart

By Lance van Sittert, Sandra Swart

The function of the puppy in human society is the connecting thread that binds the essays in Canis Africanis, each one revealing a distinct a part of the advanced social background of southern Africa. The essays variety generally from matters over affliction, bestiality, and social degradation via playing on canines to anxieties over social prestige mirrored via breed classifications, and social uprising via resisting the puppy tax imposed by way of colonial professionals. With its specialize in canine in human background, 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 diverse human teams build a number identities for themselves (and for others) when it comes to animals. So rather than conceiving of animals as in simple terms elements of ecological or agricultural platforms, they are often comprehended via their function in human cultures.

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Deacon, M. L. G. Klein, ‘A preliminary report on the larger mammals from the Boomplaas Stone Age Cave site, Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn District, South Africa’, South African Archaeological Bulletin, 33 (1978), 66–75 and Schweitzer, ‘Excavations at Die Kelders’. 28 E. Axelson, Vasco da Gama: The Diary of his Travels through African Waters, 1497–1499 (Somerset West, 1998), 23. africanis: the pre-colonial dog of africa 43 Dogs in Southern African Rock Art Another source of information about pre-colonial dogs is rock art.

111 The only permissible post-1945 public canine presence was utilitarian, the South African Guide-Dog Association being founded in 1953 and police patrol dogs appearing a decade later. In the countryside, too, provincial dog taxes differentiated owned from stray/feral dogs and marked the latter for extermination. R. Vivyan, ‘Starving and wretched dogs’, SAKUG ( June 1942), 52–3. I. Cocker, ‘Cropping dogs ears’, SAKUG ( Jan. 1947), 269. 109 Vivyan, ‘Starving and wretched dogs’ and M. Vane, ‘Cropping dogs ears’, SAKUG (Dec.

M. Wilman, The Rock Engravings of Griqualand and Bechuanaland, South Africa (Cape Town, 1968), Àg. 41. C. Woodhouse, The Bushman Art of Southern Africa (Cape Town, 1979) and Woodhouse, ‘Dogs in the rock art’, 121–2. 35 Vinnicombe, People of the Eland, 227. 36 Vinnicombe, People of the Eland, 71 and N. C. Woodhouse, Art on the Rocks of Southern Africa (Cape Town, 1970), 62. 37 P. Garlake, The Hunter’s Vision: The Prehistoric Art of Zimbabwe (London and Harare, 1995), plate 35 and Woodhouse, ‘Dogs in the rock art’ Àg.

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