A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age

Hardback Cultural History of Animals (Hardcover)

Edited by Randy Malamud, Contributions by Boria Sax, Contributions by Garry R. Marvin, Contributions by Margo DeMello, Contributions by David Hancocks, Contributions by Karen Rader, Contributions by Ralph Acampora, Contributions by Jonathan Burt

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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 251mm x 102mm | 3,992g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184520381X
  • ISBN 13: 9781845203818
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008 Human culture is now more dangerous to nonhuman animals than ever before. The destruction of natural habitats and the killing of animals for food, science, medicine or trophy - sometimes to the point of extinction - is the stuff of newspaper headlines. We live in a time when the idea of an animal's habitat has almost become irrelevant, except as a historical curiosity, yet also in a time when the public and philosophical acknowledgement of animal rights and environmental ethics is on the rise. Animals are enmeshed in human culture simply because people are so interested in them. Animals remain central to our sense of the natural world. Our pets are often seen as our closest companions through life. At the same time, the last century has seen the use of animals in scientific experimentation and the major changes in industrial-scale animal farming. Never has the relationship between human and non-human animals been more hotly contested. As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Animals, this volume presents an overview of the period and continues with essays on the position of animals in contemporary Symbolism, Hunting, Domestication, Sports and Entertainment, Science, Philosophy, and Art. Volume 6 in the Cultural History of Animals edited by Linda Kalof and Brigitte Resl

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Randy Malamud is Professor of English at Georgia State University, author of Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity and Poetic Animals and Animal Souls.

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The Cultural History of Animals presents an innovative and compelling introduction to current scholarship about the historical relationships between people and other animals. Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, M.I.T. An innovative and ambitious project that synthesizes knowledge of animals as living creatures and their symbolic representations... an invaluable contribution to our understanding... A combination of surprise and entertainment with serious research gives these volumes a place in the best tradition of accessible science. Bernd Huppauf, New York University for H-Soz-u-Kult High quality editing, clear writing, and abundant visual illustrations ... These volumes will be basic to future scholarship dealing with animals and society. Essential. Choice

Table of contents

Introduction: Famous Animals in Modern Culture Randy Malamud, Georgia State University 1. The Golden Spider and Her World-Wide Web: Sacred and Symbolic Animals in the Era of Change Boria Sax, Mercy College 2. Hunting in the Modern Age Garry Marvin, Roehampton University 3. The Present and Future of Animal Domestication Margo DeMello, Albuquerque TVI College, New Mexico 4. Zoo Animals as Entertainment Exhibitions David Hancocks, Royal Institute of British Architects,, Australia 5. Scientific Animals: The Laboratory and its Human-Animal Relations, from Dba to Dolly Karen Rader, Virginia Commonwealth University 6. Animal Philosophy: Ethics and Zoontology Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University 7. Animals in Twentieth Century Art Jonathan Burt, Independent Scholar, UK Notes Bibliography Index