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9780745331195

Humans and Other Animals Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745331195

  • ISBN10:

    074533119X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-15
  • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

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Summary

Humans and Other Animals is about the myriad and evolving ways in which humans and animals interact, and the divergent cultural constructions of '¬Ühumanity'¬" and '¬Üanimality'¬" found around the world. Hurn explores the work of anthropologists and highlights case studies from a wide range of cultural contexts, inviting readers to engage with a diverse range of human-animal interactions including blood sports (such as hunting, fishing, shooting and bull fighting), pet keeping and '¬Üpetishism'¬", eco-tourism and wildlife conservation, working animals and animals as food. The idea of animal '¬Üexploitation'¬" raised by the animal rights movements is assessed, as well as the anthropological implications of changing attitudes towards non-human animal '¬Üpersonhood'¬". Key anthropological debates surrounding these issues are raised and discussed and in the process, readers are encouraged to consider their own attitudes towards other animals and, by extension, what it means to be human.

Author Biography

Samantha Hurn is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she convenes an award-winning MA programme in Anthrozoology.

Table of Contents

Series Prefacep. vi
Why Look at Human-Animal Interactions?p. 1
Animalityp. 12
Continuityp. 27
The West and the Restp. 41
Domesticationp. 55
Good to Thinkp. 70
Foodp. 84
Petsp. 98
Communicationp. 112
Intersubjectivityp. 125
Humans and Other Primatesp. 139
Science and Medicinep. 151
Conservationp. 165
Hunting and Blood Sportsp. 176
Animal Rights and Wrongsp. 189
From Anthropocentricity to Multi-species Ethnographyp. 202
Referencesp. 221
Indexp. 250
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