Jean Halley: "Horse crazy"

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng3-2028; Campus Gotland through video
  • Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Contact person: Susann Baez Ullberg, Don Kulick
  • Seminarium

The Research Seminar in Cultural Anthropology

Jean Halley, City University of New York: "Horse crazy: girls and the lives of horses"

Girls love horses, but why? What does this love say about what it means to be a girl? And what does it say about the meaning of horse lives? This talk explores these meanings, and this love, of girls with horses in the United States. I show how girls' experience of riding horses and their love of horses offers a challenge to mainstream ideas of girlhood. I also investigate the ways United States horses are a type of capital. Horses as symbolic capital normalize girls while horses also exist as more traditional economic capital offering the possibility of material profit.


Jean Halley is Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her books include Boundaries of Touch:  Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy (Univ Illinois Press, 2007);  Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race (with Amy Eshleman and Ramya Vijaya; Rowman & Littlefield, 2011); The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege (with Amy Eshleman; Rowman & Littlefield, 2017); and, most recently, Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses (University of Georgia Press, 2019).