‘Redneck, Barbaric, Cashed up Bogan? I Don’t Think So’: Hunting and Nature in Australia

In his paper ‘Redneck, Barbaric, Cashed up Bogan? I Don’t Think So’: Hunting and Nature in Australia, Michael Adams, Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research and Indigenous Studies Unit, University of Wollongong, tackles the issue of hunting in which he dubs the subject matter as a controversial activity in Australia and much debated in international research. He says that positions range from “the first hunters were the first humans” to the “meat is murder” argument. However, he says there is very little research on non-Indigenous hunting in Australia, particularly on the social aspects, but also on biological and ecological issues. In contrast to a general lack of research on non-Indigenous hunting, there is extensive literature on Indigenous hunting. This paper reviews initial research exploring hunting participation and motivation in Australia as a window into further understanding connections between humans, non-humans and place. Adams’s focus is on an analysis of hunting as cultural involvement in nature. Is hunting a cruel, archaic and redundant practice; or a respectful relationship between and among humans and non-humans which can reorient us to our emerging recombinant ecologies?

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