chapter  2
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‘Moving quietly in the shadows’

On feral feeding in Kolkata
ByTora Holmberg

This chapter presents how feeders, conceptualised as figures 'moving quietly in the shadows', on the one hand as liminal creatures acquire ferality themselves, and on the other produce the arguably commonplace image of Kolkata as a city that takes care of its poor souls. It discusses how the feeding of feral creatures potentially disrupts scripts for emplaced urban human/animal relations, but also how this particular city thrives on that phenomenon. The chapter investigates how humans and animals meet in the urban space, through the act of giving and receiving food, and how these interactions themselves shape places and bodies. The ordering of animals in and through urban space is further complicated by the notion of the feral, typically addressing non-native populations of species. Human-animal relationalities are emplaced processes, which take place and are experienced through the dialectical relation between form and experience, space and subjectivity.