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Animal Nation traces the complex relationships between animals and humans in Australia. It starts with the colonial period, when unfamiliar native animals were hunted almost to extinction and replaced with preferred species, and comes full circle to the present, when native species are protected above all others. It demonstrates that different categories of animals have been used to legitimate or marginalize different human groups in colonial and postcolonial Australia.
Animals form the focus of intense social and political conflict in Australia. In a provocative and original way, Animal Nation explains why.
Adrian Franklin is professor of policy studies, University of Bristol, reader in sociology, University of Tasmania, and visiting professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway.