Interspecies relations in peasant animal husbandry in the Orvietano, Italy: Exploring collaborative survival

Maria Caracciolo

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Based on a research journey with Orvietan peasants and farm-animals, this research paper delves into the interspecies relations of the Orvietan animal husbandry system. I investigate the fundamental role that farm-animals, wildlife, and peasants play in making Orvietan animal husbandry a process of collaborative survival. I argue that because of these collaborative interspecies relations, peasant farms are more resilient to the agricultural squeeze, alienation, and commodification. In the midst of a political, economic, social, ecological ‘general crisis’ which calls for new political proposals, Orvietan collaborative survival offers a valuable naturecultural rethink, regrounding agriculture and humans in ‘nature’ and de-essentializing our relations with earth others. While vegan worlds are stuck in the human/nature divide and endorse a Eurocentric, capitalocentric, and anthropocentric food future, collaborative survival in the Orvietano is a situated glocal response which challenges narratives of progress and modernization. Through interspecies work relations and entanglements-contaminations with the broader ecosystem, peasant farms remind us about our ecological ontology and our collaborative interspecies history.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024
Externally publishedYes

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ISS MA Research Paper Award winner for the academic year 2022-2023


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