386 pages, Illus
The study of animals - and the relationship between humans and other animals - is now one of the most fiercely debated topics in contemporary science and culture.
Animals have a long history in human society, providing food, labour, sport and companionship as well as becoming objects for exhibit. More contemporary uses extend to animals as therapy and in scientific testing. As natural habitats continue to be destroyed, the rights of animals to co-exist on the planet - and their symbolic power as a connection between humans and the natural world - are ever more hotly contested.
The book brings together the key classic and contemporary writings from Philosophy, Ethics, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Law and Science. As the first book of its kind, The Animals Reader provides a framework for understanding the current state of the multidisciplinary field of animal studies.
'What is an "animal"? A "human being"? The Animals Reader will help us rethink these urgent questions in the light of scientific, technological, and historical discoveries. Ranging from Aristotle to postmodern philosophers and from orangutans to cyborgs, it presents a wonderful diversity of perspectives on animals and, in consequence, ourselves.' Boria Sax, author of Crow, Animals in the Third Reich and The Mythical Zoo 'A great resource for students coming to grips with a complex, multidisciplinary field.' Mike Michael, Goldsmith's College, University of London 'Absolutely perfect for the course and an excellent production throughout.' Stuart R Harrop, Professor for Wildlife Management Law, University of Kent 'This is an incredibly well chosen collection of writings and valuable reference book.' Yvette Watt, Animals Today 'The Animals Reader is an immensely stimulating collection of essays, which belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking person.' The Financial Times and FT Magazine 'Kalof and Fitzgerald's anthology confronts the history of our relationship to nonhuman animals.' PD Smith, Saturday Guardian 'The material gathered together in Berg's The Animals Reader emerges from this tradition. The scope of the volume is impressively large, and, with material from Aristotle, Plutarch, Bentham, Singer, Regan, Montaigne, Descartes, Berger, Levi-Strauss and Haraway, as well as contributions from a large range of cultural historians, ecological writers, contemporary animal rights activists, it certainly earns its claim to provide the 'essential classic and contemporary writings' on the question of the animal.' Steven Conner, Textual Practice 'A collection of important writings that will pique the interest of the most varied audience...The combination of approaches makes possible the sustained, collective enquiry into the animal question that has so occupied recent thought and which this anthology represents so effectively.' Frieze
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