Be-longing. Humanimal crowding in the city

The paper evolves from research Tora Holmberg has done for several years when capturing the more-than-human experiences and politics of living in the city. The research comes together through the concept of “humanimal crowding”, a sociospatial process through which bodies and places become transformed. Empirically, phenomena such as animal hoarding, feral feeding and shelter movements will be scrutinized. In the presentation of urban humanimal becomings, meaning and materiality, space and time, interaction and form, can be summarized with the term “be-longing”. Drawing on Lefebvre’s dialectical approach, “be-longing” is partly about conceptualizing the practices, materialities and emotions which make us at home, and partly about listening to the statements of affiliation and othering, to cultivate a place sensitivity that takes advantage of the senses of the sociologist. In short, the paper concerns how humans and other animals perform belonging in cities, and in turn, through their movements and interactions, transform the meaning and politics of places.