Animal Studies: An Introduction

Paperback | February 20, 2013

byPaul Waldau

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Human culture values some nonhumans but not others, while human culture as a whole is engaged with an incredibly diverse range of living beings. Animal studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that incorporates scholarship from public policy, sociology, religion, politics, philosophy, and many other fields. In essence, it seeks to understand how humans study and conceive of other-than-human animals, and how these conceptions have changedover time, across cultures, and among various scholarly modes of inquiry. This interdisciplinary introduction to the field boldly and creatively foregrounds the realities of nonhuman animals, as well as the imaginative and ethical faculties that humans must engage to consider our intersection withliving beings outside of our species. The field requires both learning and unlearning to develop forms of critical thinking that are scientifically informed and ethically sensitive. This book is a frank assessment of the ways human-centered approaches undermine the core values of the scientific tradition, robust education, and humancompassion. Further, it argues that the breadth and depth of thinking and the humility needed to grasp the human-nonhuman intersection has the potential to expand the dualism that currently divides the sciences and humanities.As the first holistic survey of the field, Animal Studies is essential reading for any student of human-animal relationships, and for all people who care about the role nonhuman animals play in our society.

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Human culture values some nonhumans but not others, while human culture as a whole is engaged with an incredibly diverse range of living beings. Animal studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that incorporates scholarship from public policy, sociology, religion, politics, philosophy, and many other fields. In essence, it seeks to ...

Paul Waldau is Associate Professor of Anthrozoology and Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation at Canisius College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199827036

ISBN - 13:9780199827039

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Opening Doors: Four General Issues, Four Basic Tasks2. Through Open Doors: The Challenges of History, Culture and Education3. Science, Politics and Other Animals4. Early Twenty-First Century Animal Studies: Three Cutting Edges5. Animals in the Creative Arts6. Animals in Philosophy7. Comparative Studies: Legal Systems, Religions and Cultures8. Animals and Modern Social Realities9. The Special Roles of Anthropology, Archeology and Geography10. Telling the Larger Story11. Marginalized Humans and Other Animals12. The Question of Leadership: Getting Beyond Pioneers and Leaders to Individual Choices13. The Future of Animal StudiesConclusion