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Emotions also intersect with how people feel about the animals with whom they work, and affect political action and agency. Core terms and processes will be introduced here, and revisited throughout the book because of their significance. 36 ANIMALS, WORK, AND THE PROMISE OF INTERSPECIES SOLIDARITY People’s feelings about animals can influence their decision to pursue interspecies work and occupations. , Cassidy 2007; Sanders 2010; Taylor 2013). Stuart J. Bunderson and Jeffery A. ” Particularly for interactive workplaces, a desire to work with animals on a daily basis motivates people to pursue specialized training, or to begin learning about the animals and industry while they are young.

Emotional motivation and an interest in interspecies work can also shape specific career trajectories within larger occupational groups. In police forces, mounted and canine units are widely seen as coveted postings, accessible only to a minority of officers who meet the qualifications and have sufficient years of training and experience. This is despite the fact that most forces require horse stall cleaning and round-the-clock care for dogs, which always means at least some dirty work. Moreover, even among low-paid horse workers, I consistently heard that a desire to work with horses was the primary motivation for their paths.

The Emotions of Work with/for Animals The role of emotions at work is a well-studied area, particularly in the literature on service work. Emotions and work can be conceptualized as an umbrella under which distinct but related concepts fit, each of which can be relevant to different spaces or aspects of animal work. Emotions also intersect with how people feel about the animals with whom they work, and affect political action and agency. Core terms and processes will be introduced here, and revisited throughout the book because of their significance.

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