Equestrian Cultures in Global and Local Contexts

  • Miriam Adelman
  • Kirrilly Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Miriam Adelman, Kirrilly Thompson
    Pages 1-14
  3. Asia and the Middle East

  4. Europe

  5. North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. James Gillett, Darla Gillett
      Pages 155-169
  6. South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Miriam Adelman, Tiemi K. Lobato da Costa
      Pages 195-215
  7. Africa

About this book


This edited volume demonstrates the broader socio-cultural context for individual human-horse relations and equestrian practices by documenting the international value of equines; socially, culturally, as subjects of academic study and as drivers of public policy. It broadens our understanding of the importance of horses to humans by providing case studies from an unprecedented diversity of cultures. The volume is grounded in the contention that the changing status of equines reveals - and moves us to reflect on - important material and symbolic societal transformations ushered in by (post)modernity which affect local and global contexts alike.

Through a detailed consideration of the social relations and cultural dimensions of equestrian practices across several continents, this volume provides readers with an understanding of the ways in which interactions with horses provide global connectivity with localized identities, and vice versa. It further discusses new frontiers in the research on and practice of equestrianism, framed against global megatrends and local micro-trends.


Horses and Human Cultures and Civilizations Equines across Cultures Equestrian Cultures and Identities Equestrianism and Work Gender and Equestrian Activities Global Equestrian Trends New Equine Industry Chinese Leisure Horse Industry Stable workers in Brazil Socio-cultural changes in Equestrian Sport Equestrianism as Heritage Tourism in Morocco Horsemanship in Poland Equestrian Leisure in France Spanish Horse in Leisure Horse Trade New Equine Industry in Finland

Editors and affiliations

  • Miriam Adelman
    • 1
  • Kirrilly Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyFederal University of ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.CQUni Appleton Institute WayvilleAustralia

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