Kampen om hundene - en analyse af hundeloven og kamphundeejeres praksis

Cecilie A Thorslund

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In the summer of 2010 a law was implemented in Denmark to forbid thirteen specific dog breeds known as muscle- or fighting dogs. This thesis is an attempt to produce insight into the struggles over this juridical decision, and with inspiration from Pierre Bourdieu, this is done by constructing what is called ‘the field of muscle- and fighting dog ownership’. By making visible the different strategies in the field and by showing how the field has changed over time, the relations of power between the contending positions are implied. The construction of the field takes its point of departure in a historical study of the laws of dog-ownership in the last 200 years and concludes a clear development in the complexity of the laws and an increasing level of research and scientific knowledge as the base of decisions. That is until the end of 2009 where most documentation is replenished for the political greater cause of fighting fear in the society. Despite massive argumentation against a prohibition it is carried out. Thus the first part of the thesis is a presentation of the law and its historical roots. Secondly, all of the most important institutions and organizations in the field are presented, in an attempt to construct their point of view and power in the struggle of the field. The general structure of the field is thereby laid out. Thirdly, interviews with dog-owners are interpreted as to illustrate specific strategies, interests and positions in the field, and to show different ways of navigation and conformity or demonstration. Overall the analysis points toward these conclusions: - Despite what is generally accepted by media, politicians and the public, the muscle- and fighting dog breeds are not the most dangerous dogs according to statistics. - There are signs of a kind of moral panic in the political discussion – a type of panic repeated in history during times of crisis. - It is evident that scientific facts are degraded and substituted by moral values and acts of fear. All in all the thesis represents a study of a macro sociological phenomenon (the age of fear) as well as reactions on an individual level, and is an attempt to generate a more complex insight to the arena in which juridical decisions are made that determine the future of peoples – and dogs – everyday life.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2010
VejledereRasmus Willig


  • Fear
  • Law
  • Animal
  • Dogs