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Human Zoo: A Zoologist's Study of the Urban Animal

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How does city life change the way we act? What accounts for the increasing prevalence of violence and anxiety in our world? In this new edition of his controversial 1969 bestseller, The Human Zoo, renowned zoologist Desmond Morris argues that many of the social instabilities we face are largely a product of the artificial, impersonal confines of our urban surroundings. Indeed, our behavior often startlingly resembles that of captive animals, and our developed and urbane environment seems not so much a concrete ...
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Overview


How does city life change the way we act? What accounts for the increasing prevalence of violence and anxiety in our world? In this new edition of his controversial 1969 bestseller, The Human Zoo, renowned zoologist Desmond Morris argues that many of the social instabilities we face are largely a product of the artificial, impersonal confines of our urban surroundings. Indeed, our behavior often startlingly resembles that of captive animals, and our developed and urbane environment seems not so much a concrete jungle as it does a human zoo. Animals do not normally exhibit stress, random violence, and erratic behavioruntil they are confined. Similarly, the human propensity toward antisocial and sociopathic behavior is intensified in todays cities. Morris argues that we are biologically still tribal and ill-equipped to thrive in the impersonal urban sprawl. As important and meaningful today as it was a quarter-century ago, The Human Zoo sounds an urgent warning and provides startling insight into our increasingly complex lives.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"Ambitious...compelling...concerned with the tension between our biology and our culture...in power, sex, status, and war games."
The Chicago Tribune
"Morris helps us take a new look at ourselves, not against the backdrop of our accepted culture, but against the wider vistas of our biological heritage"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568361048
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 3/15/1996
  • Series: Kodansha Globe Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 488,916
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Desmond Morris is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked Ape, Intimate Behavior, and Human Animal. He lives in Oxford, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Brilliant

    A classic. There's simply no other word for it. Even though the prose is dense, it is very readable and hits home every time.

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