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Revista Uruguaya de Antropología y Etnografía

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TEIXEIRA, Ivana. Risk control in zootherapy: Trust and modeling of the living being in a working technique. Rev. urug. Antropología y Etnografía [online]. 2021, vol.6, n.2, pp.120-138.  Epub Dec 01, 2021. ISSN 2393-7068.

Zootherapy is a contemporary manifestation that can be considered as a therapeutic technique in the Western health system. Its recognition process as a professional activity has been marked by rules, among which, the risk control associated with this practice. Considering the actions that humans develop to protect humans and animals, this article investigates the ways in which the perception of risk has mobilized professionals, animals and institutions that host animal-assisted therapy, based on socialization measures and hygiene and, the perception of the animal’s signals. The analysis puts technically oriented actions, skills and attitudes into perspective within an agentive process that, in addition to the direct and coercive handling of the animal, shows its active participation in the therapeutic process.

Keywords : action; agentive configuration; zootherapy; risk control.

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