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Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World

Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World

by Arran Stibbe
     
 

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Animals are disappearing, vanishing, and dying out—not just in the physical sense of becoming extinct, but in the sense of being erased from our consciousness. Increasingly, interactions with animals happen at a remove: mediated by nature programs, books, and cartoons; framed by the enclosures of zoos and aquariums; distanced by the museum cases that

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Animals are disappearing, vanishing, and dying out—not just in the physical sense of becoming extinct, but in the sense of being erased from our consciousness. Increasingly, interactions with animals happen at a remove: mediated by nature programs, books, and cartoons; framed by the enclosures of zoos and aquariums; distanced by the museum cases that display lifeless bodies. In this thought-provoking book, Arran Stibbe takes us on a journey of discovery, revealing the many ways in which language affects our relationships with animals and the natural world. Animal-product industry manuals, school textbooks, ecological reports, media coverage of environmental issues, and animal-rights polemics all commonly portray animals as inanimate objects or passive victims. In his search for an alternative to these negative forms of discourse, Stibbe turns to the traditional culture of Japan. Within Zen philosophy, haiku poetry, and even contemporary children’s animated films, animals appear as active agents, leading their own lives for their own purposes, and of value in themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819572325
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Alastair McIntosh
“Those of us of cultures of the land—both working with and, yes, consuming animals—will applaud Arran Stibbe’s analysis of the loss of soul when right relationship is discarded.”
Karla Armbruster
“Amazingly clear and incisive readings of a wide range of discourses related to animals and ecology. With an impressive eye for detail and the ‘big picture,’ Stibbe gives real insights into the relationship between language, values, and actions.”

Meet the Author

Arran Stibbe is a reader in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the founder of the Language and Ecology Research Forum (www.ecoling.net).

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