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A Geography of Horse-Riding

The Spacing of Affect, Emotion and (Dis)ability Identity through Horse-Human Encounters

Author(s): Cheryl Nosworthy

Book Description

This book presents an in-depth, qualitative exploration of the practice of horse-riding by “disabled” and “non-disabled” riders and their horses. Situated as part of an “affective turn” within human geography, creative and original use is made of poststructuralist theory to bring together animal studies and disability studies in order to decentre the human as we think about the social. Eighteen months of multi-sited performance ethnography “on the hoof” were conducted with riders recruited from local riding schools, an internet forum and three Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) groups. The study employed various methods, including diary-keeping, participant observation and video-recording of riding activities, in order to capture moments of horse-human relating. Through these methods, the embodied expressions of horses are taken seriously as demonstrative of their individual thoughts and intentions.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4335-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4335-0
Date of Publication: 01/02/2013
Pages / Size: 265 / A5
Price: £44.99


Originally from Cornwall, Cheryl Nosworthy studied at the University of Reading where she graduated with a PhD in Human Geography in 2011. After her former career as an apprentice jockey ended in injury, she became interested in the intersection between animal and disability studies, with a particular focus upon including the embodied expressions of animals in ethnographic work. She currently combines writing activities with employment in the patient engagement sector.