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Caught in the net of life and time

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Abstract


  • Huge dark eyes staring,

    the young kangaroo convulses next to me on the

    ground. My son restrains the dog that attacked it, my daughter sobs. The

    western sun slants through eucalypts, magpies carol in the distance, it is warm

    and still. We have had what nature writer Barry Lopez calls ‘the conversation of

    death’ and the joey will soon die.

    I am working with people who hunt, where lives are sustained through

    the ending of the lives of others. Hunting is constantly controversial, with

    arguments ranging from ‘the first hunters were the first humans’ to ‘meat is

    murder’. But there are distinct cultural variations: there is a general acceptance

    of traditional Indigenous peoples’ hunting and in middle-class Australia

    often an assumption that ‘shooting’ is a redneck activity. Across the world

    there is a wide range of social attitudes and beliefs around modern hunting.

    Anthropologist Tim Ingold argues that in relationships between hunters and

    animals, there is ‘a working basis for mutuality and coexistence’.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Adams, M. (2014). Caught in the net of life and time. Meanjin, 73 (2), 74-81.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2437&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1438

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 74

End Page


  • 81

Volume


  • 73

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Huge dark eyes staring,

    the young kangaroo convulses next to me on the

    ground. My son restrains the dog that attacked it, my daughter sobs. The

    western sun slants through eucalypts, magpies carol in the distance, it is warm

    and still. We have had what nature writer Barry Lopez calls ‘the conversation of

    death’ and the joey will soon die.

    I am working with people who hunt, where lives are sustained through

    the ending of the lives of others. Hunting is constantly controversial, with

    arguments ranging from ‘the first hunters were the first humans’ to ‘meat is

    murder’. But there are distinct cultural variations: there is a general acceptance

    of traditional Indigenous peoples’ hunting and in middle-class Australia

    often an assumption that ‘shooting’ is a redneck activity. Across the world

    there is a wide range of social attitudes and beliefs around modern hunting.

    Anthropologist Tim Ingold argues that in relationships between hunters and

    animals, there is ‘a working basis for mutuality and coexistence’.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Adams, M. (2014). Caught in the net of life and time. Meanjin, 73 (2), 74-81.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2437&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1438

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 74

End Page


  • 81

Volume


  • 73

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia