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Goats, Marginality and the 'Dangerous Other'

David Siddle

Environment and History 15 (2009): 521-536. doi: 10.3197/096734009X12532652872117

Mediterranean vegetation is increasingly subject to high summer temperatures. Scrubland grazing by the omnivorous goat could reduce the risk of widespread fires. But goat populations have been controlled by bans and restrictions for many centuries. The political, economic and cultural reasons why the animal had such an unsavoury reputation are explored.

KEYWORDS: Mediterranean ecology, goats bans, cultural history

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