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Poppy Hodkinson,       University of Nottingham

Feeling cocky? A gendered study of human-chicken relationships in medieval England.




Cross-culturally there is an association between cockrels and masculinity, the behaviour of the former being seen as representing the 'truly male' (Marvin 1984), with hens embodying the nuturing and domestic traits of women. This dissertation will examine the extent to which the same was true in medieval England. It will incorporate intergrate evidence from iconography, material culture (for instance cockerel badges), historical texts and zooarchaeology to examine whether chickens were used in the construction of gender alligments, as is seen in other cultures today (Hicks 2006-7).


Download a copy of Poppy's dissertation (awarded 82%) here Poppy UoN dissertation UG.pdf



Hicks, D. 2006–7. Blood, violence and gender alignment: cockfighting and kickfighting in East
Timor. Cambridge Anthropology, 26(3): 1–20.


Marvin, G. 1984. The cockfight in Andalusia, Spain: images of the truly male. Anthropological
Quarterly, 57(2): 60–70.

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