Sharyn Spicer

I am a Lecturer in Sociology and my current work focuses on the relationships and interactions between humans and animals, particularly “pets”. I am looking at animal and human entanglements on fruit farms. This research, “Indigenous knowledge, animal capital and social dynamics on fruit farms in the Western Cape” is primarily based in the Villiersdorp area (Western Cape). I am a member of the Urban Animals Research Working Group. My PhD thesis is titled “Pets and their People: A sociological investigation into the pet-keeping practices of two demographically diverse samples on South Africans.” I am also the first year and under-graduate co-ordinator of the department. I have co-authored the Sociology X-Kit, which is widely used; I received the Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2014. My research interests are: animals and society, posthumanism urban/rural sociology, environmental sociology, food and inequality.

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