Dilemmas of transgression: ethical responses in a more-than-human world

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Carter, Jennifer and Palmer, Jane. 2017. "Dilemmas of transgression: ethical responses in a more-than-human world." Cultural Geographies. 24 (2), pp. 213-229. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474016667428
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Dilemmas of transgression: ethical responses in a more-than-human world

ERA Journal ID5930
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCarter, Jennifer (Author) and Palmer, Jane (Author)
Journal TitleCultural Geographies
Journal Citation24 (2), pp. 213-229
Number of Pages17
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1474-4740
1477-0881
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474016667428
Web Address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1474474016667428
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To transgress is ‘to do something that is not allowed’; in a human-constructed world, animals, especially those seen as ‘incompanionate’, are often deemed to be doing something not allowed. We explore the ethical dilemmas of ‘transgression’ in the context of critical reflection on an instructive example of dingo–human relations on Fraser Island, Australia, which has incited ongoing debate from diverse publics about the killing of ‘problem’ dingoes. We outline the historical and ethical complexity of such relations and suggest that human–nonhuman encounters,direct or indirect, have the potential to produce new, less anthropocentric topologies in which transgression is reconstructed, and humans and animals can share space more equitably. The kind of knowledge and ethical re-positioning beginning to emerge in dingo–human relations suggests transgression itself as a metaphor for its further re-imagining: a disruption of spatial, emotional and ethical boundaries to shape more responsive, respectful and less anthropocentric topologies.

Keywordsanimal ethics, dingo, Fraser Island, human–nonhuman relations, topologies, transgression
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
School of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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