Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies by Margo Demello

Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

byMargo Demello

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Considering that much of human society is structured through its interaction with non-human animals, and since human society relies heavily on the exploitation of animals to serve human needs, human-animal studies has become a rapidly expanding field of research, featuring a number of distinct positions, perspectives, and theories that require nuanced explanation and contextualization.

The first book to provide a full overview of human-animal studies, this volume focuses on the conceptual construction of animals in American culture and the way in which it reinforces and perpetuates hierarchical human relationships rooted in racism, sexism, and class privilege. Margo DeMello considers interactions between humans and animals within the family, the law, the religious and political system, and other major social institutions, and she unpacks the different identities humans fashion for themselves and for others through animals. Essays also cover speciesism and evolutionary continuities; the role and preservation of animals in the wild; the debate over zoos and the use of animals in sports; domestication; agricultural practices such as factory farming; vivisection; animal cruelty; animal activism; the representation of animals in literature and film; and animal ethics. Sidebars highlight contemporary controversies and issues, with recommendations for additional reading, educational films, and related websites. DeMello concludes with an analysis of major philosophical positions on human social policy and the future of human-animal relations.

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Margo DeMello teaches anthropology and sociology at Central New Mexico Community College. Her books include Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing; Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines; Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature; and Why Animals Matter: T...
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Title:Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pagesPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231152957

ISBN - 13:9780231152952

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Constructing Animals: Animal Categories 1. Human-Animal Studies2. Animal-Human Borders3. The Social Construction of AnimalsPart II: Using Animals: Human-Animal Economies4. Animals "in the Wild" and in Human Societies5. The Domestication of Animals6. Display7. The Making and Consumption of Meat8. The Pet Animal9. Animals and Science10. Animal-Assisted ActivitiesPart III: Attitudes Toward Animals11. Working with Animals12. Violence to Animals13. Human Oppression and Animal SufferingPart IV: Imagining Animals: Animals as Symbol14. Animals in Human Thought15. Animals in Religion and Folklore 16. Animals in Literature and FilmPart V: Knowing and Relating to Animals: Animal Behavior and Animal Ethics17. Animal Behavior Studies and Ethology18. The Moral Status of Animals 19. The Animal Protection Movement20. The Future of the Human-Animal RelationshipBibliographyIndex

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Organizing a new, interdisciplinary field is no easy task, and overall DeMello has done a very fine job.