Globala hästkulturer i omvandling: nya genusrelationer influerade av Westernridning

Tidsperiod: 2018-07-01 till 2021-06-30

Projektledare: Andrea Petitt

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Bidrag för anställning eller stipendier

Budget: 3 150 000 SEK

Gendered associations of Western riding diverge from those of classic ‘English’ horse riding and with the dramatic growth of Western riding in Sweden recently – not the least among men - there is a potential for a renegotiation of gender relations in horse activities. Western riding is also emerging in Swedish agricultural practices of cattle production. What is more, an increased interest around the USA – from where Swedish Western riding originates -  in ‘Natural Horsemanship’ that promotes ‘gentler’ approaches than the ‘older’ Western practices has led to the renegotiation of masculinities by Western riding icons of the American west. What kind of gendered expressions of Western riding that the Western boom in Sweden embody is still to be investigated. In order to understand how contemporary gender relations in a globalized equine culture have local implications, there is a need to explore how they are negotiated through human-horse relations at their origin, the USA and how they are reproduced or challenged in Sweden. Through ethnographic field studies in Sweden and in the USA, including both sport and agricultural activities, this research will show how dynamic human-horse relations in Western riding in Sweden shape and are shaped by gender and interactions with cattle as well as how these reproduce or challenge contemporary expressions of gendered human-horse relations in the USA.