Zooland: The Institution of Captivity

Zooland: The Institution of Captivity

by Irus Braverman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804783586

ISBN-13: 9780804783583

Pub. Date: 11/28/2012

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book takes a unique stance on a controversial topic: zoos. Zoos have their ardent supporters and their vocal detractors. And while we all have opinions on what zoos do, few people consider how they do it. Irus Braverman draws on more than seventy interviews conducted with zoo managers and administrators, as well as animal activists, to offer

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This book takes a unique stance on a controversial topic: zoos. Zoos have their ardent supporters and their vocal detractors. And while we all have opinions on what zoos do, few people consider how they do it. Irus Braverman draws on more than seventy interviews conducted with zoo managers and administrators, as well as animal activists, to offer a glimpse into the otherwise unknown complexities of zooland.

Zooland begins and ends with the story of Timmy, the oldest male gorilla in North America, to illustrate the dramatic transformations of zoos since the 1970s. Over these decades, modern zoos have transformed themselves from places created largely for entertainment to globally connected institutions that emphasize care through conservation and education.

Zoos naturalize their spaces, classify their animals, and produce spectacular experiences for their human visitors. Zoos name, register, track, and allocate their animals in global databases. Zoos both abide by and create laws and industry standards that govern their captive animals. Finally, zoos intensely govern the reproduction of captive animals, carefully calculating the life and death of these animals, deciding which of them will be sustained and which will expire. Zooland takes readers behind the exhibits into the world of zoo animals and their caretakers. And in so doing, it turns its gaze back on us to make surprising interconnections between our understandings of the human and the nonhuman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804783583
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Series:
Cultural Lives of Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,007,224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 Naturalizing Zoo Animals 25

2 Classifying Zoo Animals 51

3 Seeing Zoo Animals 71

4 Naming Zoo Animals 92

5 Registering Zoo Animals 111

6 Regulating Zoo Animals 127

7 Reproducing Zoo Animals 159

Conclusion 186

Notes 195

Bibliography 243

Index 255

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