Genealogy of Obedience

Reading North American Dog Training Literature, 1850s-2000s


In Genealogy of Obedience Justyna Włodarczyk provides a long overdue look at the history of companion dog training methods in North America since the mid-nineteenth century, when the market of popular training handbooks emerged. Włodarczyk argues that changes in the functions and goals of dog training are entangled in bigger cultural discourses; with a particular focus on how animal training has served as a field for playing out anxieties related to race, class and gender in North America. By applying a Foucauldian genealogical perspective, the book shows how changes in training methods correlate with shifts in dominant regimes of power. It traces the rise and fall of obedience as a category for conceptualizing relationships with dogs.

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Justyna Włodarczyk, PhD (2009) is Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. She has published on the human-animal bond in the US and in Poland and has recently co-edited Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland (Purdue, 2016).
Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: Canine- Human Intensifications, Periodizing Dog Training in the US Since the 1850s  1 Periodizing Dog Training with Foucault  2 1850–1910: Shaping the Dog’s Soul  3 1910–1970s: The Emergence and Strengthening of the Disciplinary Regime  4 1980s–2000s: From Governmentality to Self-Governmentality: Biopower, Behaviorism and Care of Self  5 2000–2015: Beyond Behaviorism: Affirmative Biopolitics 1 The Gentle Way in Punishment: Transcending Animality/ Performing Animality in Early US Pet Dog Training Manuals, 1850–1900  1 Dog Training in the Nineteenth Century  2 Canine Sagacity  3 The Gentle Way in Punishment  4 Canine Minstrelsy  5 Conclusion 2 Hunting Dog Manuals: The Pointer as a Work of Art in the Age of Biopolitical Reproduction, 1845–1909  1 Sports Hunting  2 The Notion of Breed and Hunting Dogs  3 Polishing Instinct: The Pointer as a Work of Art  4 S.T. Hammond’s Training or Breaking?  5 Hunting in Black and White 3 Culture of Instinct: Emergence of the Disciplinary Regime, 1910–1946  1 Was Most Modern?  2 Police Dogs  3 Most’s Masculine Methods  4 Nietzsche Goes to the Dogs  5 Should American Dogs Bite?  6 Conclusion 4 The Rise and Fall of Obedience: From Helen Whitehouse Walker to the Dawn of Positive Training, 1933–1984  1 Leading Others: Tools of Discipline  2 Governmentality  3 Training You to Train Your Dog: Layers of Human-Canine Discipline  4 The Soul of a Trainer: Crossover Trainers, 1980s–2000s  5 Off the Leash  6 Feeling Power and Positive Dog Training 5 Power without Coercion: From Governmentality to Self-Governmentality, from Discipline to Self-Control, 1984–2000s  1 Had Foucault Read Skinner?  2 Training as a Practice of Freedom  3 Doggie Zen: Dog Training and Technologies of the Self  4 From Discipline to Control  5 Accounting for Affect/Accounting for Gender 6 Countermodernity: Resistance to the Positive Training Revolution, 1980s–2000s  1 Disciplining Affects: The Dog Whisperer  2 Vicki Hearne: On the Nature of Freedom  3 David McCaig: Pastoral Dissent 7 Be More Dog: Towards an Affirmative Biopolitics  1 Do More with Your Dog  2 Are We Having Fun Yet?  3 Affirmative Biopolitics  4 Garrett, Foucault and Radical Behaviorism  5 Beyond Behaviorism  6 Beyond Agility  7 Back to Ethology, Back to the Body  8 Conclusion Conclusion: The Death of Obedience References Index
All interested in human-animal relations, animal training, biopolitics; the intersections of animal studies and cultural studies/American studies. Animal training practitioners and animal cognition scientists will also find this of interest.
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