Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

by Margo DeMello

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Human-animal studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the spaces that animals occupy in human social and cultural worlds. Margo DeMello provides a broad overview of this rapidly growing field. This second edition is fully updated and expanded throughout, enhancing the book’s relevance for student and activist readers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231194853
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 616
Sales rank: 937,463
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Margo DeMello teaches anthropology and sociology at Central New Mexico Community College. Her books include Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing; Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines; Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature; and Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection.

Table of Contents

Part I: Constructing Animals: Animal Categories
1. Human-Animal Studies
2. Animal-Human Borders
3. The Social Construction of Animals
Part II: Using Animals: Human-Animal Economies
4. Animals "in the Wild" and in Human Societies
5. The Domestication of Animals
6. Display
7. The Making and Consumption of Meat
8. The Pet Animal
9. Animals and Science
10. Animal-Assisted Activities
Part III: Attitudes Toward Animals
11. Working with Animals
12. Violence to Animals
13. Human Oppression and Animal Suffering
Part IV: Imagining Animals: Animals as Symbol
14. Animals in Human Thought
15. Animals in Religion and Folklore
16. Animals in Literature and Film
Part V: Knowing and Relating to Animals: Animal Behavior and Animal Ethics
17. Animal Behavior Studies and Ethology
18. The Moral Status of Animals
19. The Animal Protection Movement
20. The Future of the Human-Animal Relationship

What People are Saying About This

Clifton P. Flynn

As the first published text in Human-Animal Studies, DeMello's Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human Animal Studies has undoubtedly set the standard for the field. Comprehensive in scope, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in approach, painstakingly researched and wonderfully written, this volume should be the choice for Human-Animal Studies courses in a variety of disciplines, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. And the inclusion of essays from professionals in various disciplines is an added bonus. A most impressive accomplishment!

Clifton P. Flynn, University of South Carolina Upstate

Arnold Arluke

Margo DeMello's Animals and Society is a "must" book to own and read for scholars, advocates, and others interested in the growing field of anthrozoology. Each chapter is filled with insights that extend our understanding of the role and meaning of non-human animals in the modern age. I am sure that Animals and Society will be an essential addition to our bookshelves, required readings, citations lists, and textbook adoptions in the years to come.

Arnold Arluke, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, Boston

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