Just a Dog: Animal Cruelty, Self, and Society [NOOK Book]

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Psychiatrists define cruelty to animals as a psychological problem or personality disorder. Legally, animal cruelty is described by a list of behaviors. In Just a Dog, Arnold Arluke argues that our current constructs of animal cruelty are decontextualized—imposed without regard to the experience of the groups committing the act. Yet those who engage in animal cruelty have their own understandings of their actions and of themselves as actors. In this fascinating book, Arluke probes those understandings and reveals...
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Just a Dog: Animal Cruelty, Self, and Society

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Overview

Psychiatrists define cruelty to animals as a psychological problem or personality disorder. Legally, animal cruelty is described by a list of behaviors. In Just a Dog, Arnold Arluke argues that our current constructs of animal cruelty are decontextualized—imposed without regard to the experience of the groups committing the act. Yet those who engage in animal cruelty have their own understandings of their actions and of themselves as actors. In this fascinating book, Arluke probes those understandings and reveals the surprising complexities of our relationships with animals. Just a Dog draws from interviews with more than 250 people, including humane agents who enforce cruelty laws, college students who tell stories of childhood abuse of animals, hoarders who chronically neglect the welfare of many animals, shelter workers who cope with the ethics of euthanizing animals, and public relations experts who use incidents of animal cruelty for fundraising purposes. Through these case studies, Arluke shows how the meaning of "cruelty" reflects and helps to create identities and ideologies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592134731
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Series: Animals Culture And Society
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 936,626
  • File size: 302 KB

Meet the Author

Arnold Arluke is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University and Senior Scholar at Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy. He has published more than seventy articles and eight books, including Regarding Animals (Temple), and Brute Force: Animal Police and the Challenge of Cruelty.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                                     
Introduction: Just a Dog                                                 
One- Agents: Feigning Authority                                     
Two- Adolescents: Appropriating Adulthood                    
Three- Hoarders: Shoring Up Self                                     
Four- Shelter Workers: Finding Authenticity                    
Five- Marketers: Celebrating Community                        
Conclusion : Cruelty is Good to Think                            

References                                                                     
Index
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