More swag from Columbia U!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

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A belated shout-out* to the nice people at Columbia University Press, who sent me copies of two of their latest animal-related titles: Animal Rights Without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations by Alasdair Cochrane and Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies by Margo DeMello, both of which came out in August.

I’m especially excited about Animals and Society, which is an introductory human-animal studies reader – a textbook – the first of its kind! Totally up my alley; I can’t tell you how much I wish my college had offered a HAS course or two back when I attended in the late ’90s/early aughts. (A quick perusal of their website shows that they STILL don’t offer any such courses. Boo! Hiss! Boo!)

Here’s some info about the author and book, via Amazon:

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New swag from Columbia University Press!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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The nice folks at Columbia University Press recently sent me not one, but two new books on human animal studies: Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies, edited by Aaron Gross and Anne Vallely and Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now? by Kari Weil. They both look rather interesting, though I think it’s Kari Weil who will get bumped to the top of my towering book pile. Under the likes of Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin, that is. (Hey, it’s summer! The season of bottomless margaritas and light reading!)

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Anthrozoology, A to Z (Book Review: Social Creatures by Clifton P. Flynn)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Social Creatures, edited by Clifton Flynn (2008)

Anthrozoology, A to Z

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(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the publisher’s invitation.)

In Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader, editor Clifton P. Flynn has assembled a diverse selection of writing and research on the topic of Human-Animal Studies (HAS).

HAS (also called anthrozoology) is, quite simply, the study of human-animal interactions. Because of its multidisciplinary approach, HAS is a vast and varied field; human-animal interactions can be examined through a multitude of lenses, including psychology, sociology, ethology, anthropology, zoology, veterinary medicine, health science, history, philosophy, women’s studies and ethnic studies. Consequently, scholarship in this field represents a motley body of work.

Social Creatures both reflects and embraces the heterogeneity of Human-Animal Studies. The thirty-one pieces in this hefty volume are grouped into nine topics: An Emerging Field; Studying Human-Animal Relationships; Historical and Comparative Perspectives; Animals and Culture; Attitudes towards Other Animals; Criminology and Deviance; Inequality – Interconnected Oppressions; Living and Working with Other Animals; and Animal Rights – Philosophy and Social Movement. A number of subjects are touched upon, including the human-animal bond; religious perspectives on animal rights; animal rights philosophy; the effects of gender on attitudes towards animal rights and participation in animal rights activism; correlations between support for animal rights and other social causes; grief in companion animal caretakers and shelter workers; and links between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence, including child and partner abuse, to name but a few.

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