Animals and Society: Changing Perspectives

Overview

Modern society is beginning to re-examine its whole relationship with animals and the natural world. Until recently issues such as animal welfare and environmental protection were considered the domain of small,
idealistic minorities. Now, these issues attract vast numbers of articulate supporters who collectively exercise considerable political muscle. Animals, both wild and domestic, form the primary focus of concern in this often acrimonious debate. Yet why do animals evoke ...
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Overview

Modern society is beginning to re-examine its whole relationship with animals and the natural world. Until recently issues such as animal welfare and environmental protection were considered the domain of small,
idealistic minorities. Now, these issues attract vast numbers of articulate supporters who collectively exercise considerable political muscle. Animals, both wild and domestic, form the primary focus of concern in this often acrimonious debate. Yet why do animals evoke such strong and contradictory emotions in people - and do our western attitudes have anything in common with those of other societies and cultures? Bringing together a range of contributions from distinguished experts in the field, Animals and Society explores the importance of animals in society from social, historical and cross-cultural perspectives.
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'For those interested in the history of cultural and ethical aspects of animal use, this book provides a wealth of diverse material. The book consists of ten chapters, six on historical aspects of human-animal relations, three on contemporary issues, and a concluding commentary. The book is enriched by excellent design and graphics.'Applied Animal Behaviour Science

'For those interested in the history of cultural and ethical aspects of animal use, this book provides a wealth of diverse material.'David Fraser

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415091558
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: One World Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Introduction
1 From Trust to Domination: An Alternative History of Human-Animal Relations 1
2 The Unnatural World: Behavioural Aspects of Humans and Animals in the Process of Domestication 23
3 Animals in the Ancient World 36
4 Animals in Medieval Perceptions: The Image of the Ubiquitous Other 59
5 Cruelty and Kindness to the 'Brute Creation': Stability and Change in the Ethics of the Man-Animal Relationship, 1600-1850 81
6 Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Complicated Attitudes and Competing Categories 106
7 Pets and the Development of Positive Attitudes to Animals 127
8 Managing Emotions in an Animal Shelter 145
9 Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviour Toward Wildlife Among the Industrial Superpowers: The United States, Japan and Germany 166
10 Bridge-Building at Last 188
Index 195
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