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Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies

Edited by: Garry Marvin , Susan McHugh

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415521406
eBook ISBN: 9780203101995
Adobe ISBN: 9781136237881

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Human-animal studies is an academic field that has grown exponentially over the past decade. It explores the whys, hows, and whats of human-animal relations: why animals are represented and configured in different ways in human cultures and societies around the world; how they are imagined, experienced, and given significance; what these relationships might signify about being human; and what about these relationships might be improved for the sake of the individuals as well as the communities concerned.

The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies presents a collection of original essays from artists and scholars who have established themselves internationally on the basis of specific and significant new contributions to human-animal studies. Offering a broad interpretive account of the development and present configurations of the field of human-animal studies across many cultures, continents, and times, this volume explores such subjects as:

  • wildness and tameness of animals in science and scientific research
  • industrial agriculture and animal husbandry
  • animal conceptions in animism and conservation
  • mourning, grief and extinction.

This international, interdisciplinary handbook will be of interest to students and scholars of human-animal studies, sociology, anthropology, biology, environmental studies, geography, cultural studies, history, philosophy, media studies, gender studies, literature, psychology, ethology, and visual studies.

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