Why do we say that cows don’t do anything?
This chapter argues that animals may be considered collaborative workers with humans insofar as they are not considered simply victims of exploitation. The author references sociologist Jocelyn Porcher’s work on cow behaviour to observe that cows and dogs actively invest in and observe rules and social norms that facilitate their smooth participation in agricultural production. From polite gestures and grooming rituals to returning fetched objects just shy of a human’s reach to establish the limits of authority, animals recognize the boundaries and bonds they share with their humans under structures of cohabitation and labour.
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