Recommended Reading: Anthrozoology
Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions. It’s a diverse, multidisciplinary field encompassing disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, history, zoology, ethology and biology (to name but a few). A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I fancied myself a future clinical psychologist, specializing in anthrozoology – hence my interest in the subject and the (hopefully) comprehensive nature of this list.
This is an expansive field, so I’m sure there are a multitude of resources I’m not (yet) hip to. As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. The comments section on this page is open, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em!
Alger, Janet M. and Steven F. Alger. 2003. Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter (Animals, Culture, and Society). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.
Baker, Steve. 2001. Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
Beck, Alan and Aaron Katcher. 1996. Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.
Becker, Marty. 2002. The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy. New York, New York: Hyperion.
Caesar, Terry. 2009. Speaking of Animals: Essays on Dogs and Others (Human-Animal Studies). Boston, Massachusetts: Brill Academic Publishers.
Cartmill, Matt. 1996. A View to a Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature Through History. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
Castricano, Jodey (ed.). 2008. Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World (Environmental Humanities). Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Coe, Sue. 2000. Pit’s Letter. Running Press.
Davis, Karen. 2001. More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality. Brooklyn, New York: Lantern Books.
(You can download this book as a free .pdf file here.)
DeMello, Margo. 2012. Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. New York: Columbia University Press.
Dunayer, Joan. 2001. Animal Equality: Language and Liberation. Derwood, Maryland: Ryce Publishing.
Fudge, Erica. 2002. Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
Groves, Julian McAllister. 1996. Hearts and Minds: The Controversy Over Laboratory Animals (Animals, Culture and Society Series). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.
Haraway, Donna J. 2003. The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness. Chicago, Illinois: Prickly Paradigm Press.
Haraway, Donna J. 1990. Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. New York, New York: Routledge.
Haraway, Donna J. 1990. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York, New York: Routledge.
Herda-Rapp, Ann and Theresa L. Goedeke, eds. 2005. Mad About Wildlife: Looking At Social Conflict Over Wildlife (Human-Animal Studies). Boston, Massachusetts: Brill Academic Publishers.
Herzog, Hal. 2010. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals. Harper.
Hoage, Robert J. and William A. Deiss, eds. 1996. New Worlds, New Animals: From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Hogan, Linda, Deena Metzger and Barbara Peterson, eds. 1999. Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals. Ballantine Books.
Housel, Rebecca, J. Jeremy Wisnewski and William Irwin, eds. 2009. Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series). Wiley.
Iacobbo, Karen and Michael Iacobbo. 2004. Vegetarian America: A History. Praeger Publishers.
Iacobbo, Karen and Michael Iacobbo. 2006. Vegetarians and Vegans in America Today (American Subcultures). Praeger Publishers.
Irvine, Leslie. 2004. If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection With Animals (Animals, Culture, and Society). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.
Joy, Melanie. 2010. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. Newburyport, Massachusetts: Conari Press.
Kete, Kathleen. 1994. The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
Lawrence, Elizabeth Atwood. 1997. Hunting the Wren: Transformation of Bird to Symbol: A Study in Human-Animal Relationships. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press.
McFarland, Sarah E. and Ryan Hediger, eds. 2009. Animals and Agency: An Interdisciplinary Exploration (Human-Animal Studies). Boston, Massachusetts: Brill Academic Publishers.
Munro, Lyle. 2005. Confronting Cruelty: Moral Orthodoxy And The Challenge Of The Animal Rights Movement (Human-Animal Studies). Boston, Massachusetts: Brill Academic Publishers.
Myers, Gene. 1997. Children and Animals: Social Development and Our Connections to Other Species. Jackson, Tennessee: Westview Press.
Nixon, Rob. 2000. Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune. New York, New York: Picador.
Olmert, Meg Daley. 2009. Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond (Merloyd Lawrence Book). New York, New York: Da Capo Press.
Pick, Anit. 2011. Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film. New York: Columbia University Press.
Rifkin, Jeremy. 1993. Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture. Plume.
Rothfels, Nigel. 2008. Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (Animals, History, Culture). Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Scholtmeijer, Marian. 1993. Animal Victims in Modern Fiction: From Sanctity to Sacrifice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Serpell, James. 2008. In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press.
Stuart, Tristram. 2008. The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism: From 1600 to Modern Times. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Thurston, Mary Elizabeth. 1997. The Lost History of the Canine Race: Our 15,000-Year Love Affair With Dogs. New York, New York: Avon Books.
Volpe, Tina and Judy Carman. 2009. The Missing Peace: The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals. Brooklyn, New York: Dreamriver Press.
Yoerg, Sonja. 2001. Clever As a Fox: Animal Intelligence And What It Can Teach Us About Ourselves. New York, New York: Bloomsbury USA.
Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
Official Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
Journal for Critical Animal Studies
From the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS)
Journal of Animal Ethics
From the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
From the Society & Animals Forum (formerly Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Last updated 11/8/12