&i;Who Cares About Wildlife?&o; integrates social science theory in order to provide a conceptual structure for understanding and studying human interaction with wildlife. A thorough review of the current literature in conceptual areas, including norms, values, attitudes, emotions, wildlife value orientations, cultural change, and evolutionary forces/inherited tendencies is provided, and the importance of these areas in studying human-wildlife relationships is highlighted.
No other book both considers the human relationship with wildlife and provides a theoretical framework for understanding this relationship on the individual, as well as cultural level. Who Cares About Wildlife? will be valuable both to students and to practitioners in wildlife management and conservation, as well those interested in the human relationship with wildlife, natural resources, and the environment.
Who Cares About Wildlife: Introduction.- A Scientific Approach to Understanding Human-Wildlife Relationships.- The Biological Context of Wildlife Values: Are There Etchings on the Slate?.- The Role of Emotion in Human-Wildlife Interactions.- The Foundation of Thought: Social Values and Wildlife Value Orientations.- Wildlife Value Orientations and Their Measurement.- The Proximate Cause of Behavior: Attitudes and Attitude Change.- Norms: Social Influence on Human Thought About Wildlife.- Cultural Forces and Shifting Wildlife Value Orientations in North America.- Index.
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Dr. Michael J. Manfredo is the founder and head of the Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit at Colorado State University, and the founding co-editor of the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife.