In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships / Edition 1

In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships / Edition 1

by James Serpell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521577799

ISBN-13: 9780521577793

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the Company of Animals is an original and very readable study of human attitudes to the natural world. It contrasts the way we love some animals while ruthlessly exploiting others; it provides a detailed and fascinating account of ways in which animal companionship can influence our health; and it provides a key to understanding the moral contradictions inherent in…  See more details below

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In the Company of Animals is an original and very readable study of human attitudes to the natural world. It contrasts the way we love some animals while ruthlessly exploiting others; it provides a detailed and fascinating account of ways in which animal companionship can influence our health; and it provides a key to understanding the moral contradictions inherent in our treatment of animals and nature. Its scope encompasses history, anthropology, and animal and human psychology. Along the way, the author uncovers a fascinating trail of insights and myths about our relationship with the species with which we share the planet. James Serpell is the editor of The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions With People (CUP, 1995).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521577793
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Canto original Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,028,563
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. A Paradox: 1. Of pigs and pets; Part II. The Case Against Pets: 2. Substitutes for people; 3. Instruments of follie; 4. Pets in tribal societies; 5. A cuckoo in the nest; Part III. An Alternative View: 6. Pets as panacea; 7. Health and friendship; 8. Four-legged friends; Part IV. Exploitation and Sympathy: A Conflict of Interests: 9. The myth of human supremacy; 10. Killer with a conscience; 11. Licensed to kill; 12. The fall from grace.

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