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The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings

Edited By: Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald

386 pages, Illus

Berg Publishers

Paperback | Feb 2007 | #168519 | ISBN-13: 9781845204709
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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


Prologue: Animals, by Randy MalamudEditorial Introduction, by Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald Part 1. Animals as Philosophical and Ethical SubjectsIntroduction 1. Aristotle. The History of Animals 2. Jeremy Bentham. Principles of Morals and Legislation3. Marjorie Spiegel. In Defense of Slavery4. Peter Singer. Animal Liberation or Animal Rights? 5. Tom Regan. The Rights of Humans and Other Animals6. Martha Nussbaum. The Moral Status of Animals7. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Becoming-AnimalFurther ReadingPart 2. Animals as Reflexive ThinkersIntroduction8. Michel de Montaigne. An Apology for Raymond Sebond 9. Rene Descartes. From the Letters of 1646 and 1649 10. Clinton R. Sanders and Arnold Arluke. Speaking for Dogs11. Marc Bekoff. Wild Justice and Fair Play: Cooperation, Forgiveness, and Morality in Animals 12. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy. Grief, Sadness, and the Bones of Elephants 13. Carel P. van Schaik, Marc Ancrenaz, Gwendolyn Borgen, Birute Galdikas, Cheryl D. Knott, Ian Singleton, Akira Suzuki, Sri Suci Utami, and Michelle Merrill. Orangutan Cultures and the Evolution of Material Culture Further ReadingPart 3. Animals as Domesticates, "Pets" and FoodIntroduction14. Steven Mithen. The Hunter-Gatherer Prehistory of Human-Animal Interactions15. Harriet Ritvo. Animal Planet 16. Yi-Fu Tuan. Animal Pets: Cruelty and Affection 17. Plutarch. The Eating of Flesh18. Jim Mason and Mary Finelli. Brave New Farm?19. Carol J. Adams. The Sexual Politics of Meat20. David Nibert. The Promotion of "Meat" and its ConsequencesFurther ReadingPart 4. Animals as Spectacle and SportIntroduction21. Pliny the Elder. Combats of Elephants22. Garry Marvin. On Being Human in the Bullfight 23. Rhonda Evans, DeAnn K. Gauthier and Craig J. Forsyth. Dogfighting: Symbolic Expression and Validation of Masculinity24. Randy Malamud. Zoo Spectatorship 25. Matt Cartmill. Hunting and Humanity in Western Thought Further ReadingPart 5. Animals as SymbolsIntroduction26. John Berger. Why Look at Animals? 27. Claude Levi-Strauss. The Totemic Illusion 28. Boria Sax. Animals as Tradition 29. Steve Baker. What is the Postmodern Animal? 30. Jonathan Burt. The Illumination of the Animal Kingdom: The Role of Light and Electricity in Animal Representation Further ReadingPart 6. Animals as Scientific ObjectsIntroduction31. Coral Lansbury. The Brown Dog Riots of 190732. Lynda Birke. Into the Laboratory33. Sarah Whatmore. Hybrid Geographies: Rethinking the "Human" in Human Geography34. Sarah Franklin. Dolly's Body: Gender, Genetics and the New Genetic Capital 35. Donna Haraway. Cyborgs to Companion Species: Reconfiguring Kinship in Technoscience Further Reading

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Linda Kalof is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is author of Looking at Animals in Human History and co-editor of The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values and the forthcoming major multi-volume works, A Cultural History of Animals and A Cultural History of the Human Body. Amy J. Fitzgerald is on the faculty in the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and author of Animal Abuse and Family Violence.

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