The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings

The Animals Reader

The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings
Edition number: 2, New edition
Publisher: Routledge
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No. of pages:586 pages
Size:246x174 mm
Weight:1460 g
Illustrations: 8 Illustrations, black & white; 8 Halftones, black & white
Short description:

Contains 42 classic and contemporary writings from philosophy, ethics, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, law and science. Essential reading for anyone interested in human-animal relations.

Long description:

The Animals Reader brings together classic and contemporary writings from philosophy, ethics, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, environmental studies, history, law and science. Providing readers with both an understanding of the multidisciplinary field of animal studies and a clear sense of how the role of animals in human society has been understood and critiqued through time, this second edition has been expanded to reflect key developments in theory and research that have emerged in recent years.

Forty-two chapters are divided into six parts. Favourite entries from the first edition have been retained, and are joined by sixteen new readings covering topics such as equality, animal rights and citizenship, zoos, death and killing, and embodied communication and empathy.

The second edition begins with a new prologue by acclaimed wildlife photographer and photojournalist Britta Jaschinski. Updated pedagogical features include a new general introduction by the editors, revised introductions to each part and each reading, as well as new suggestions for further reading at the end of each section.

As such, The Animals Reader is an invaluable collection for students across the humanities and social sciences, and is also suitable for general readers with an interest in human-animal relations.

Praise for the First Edition:

'The Animals Reader is an immensely stimulating collection of essays, which belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking person.' - The Financial Times

'This is an incredibly well chosen collection of writings and valuable reference book.' - Yvette Watt, Animals Today

'With its succinct introductions, which contextualize chapters historically and within the broader field of human-animal studies, this text provides a comprehensive introduction to key debates in a format that is accessible to undergraduate students.' - Cultural Geographies

'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, University of Exeter, UK

'Absolutely perfect for the course and an excellent production throughout.' - Stuart R. Harrop, Kingston University London, UK

Table of Contents:

Prologue: reflections on the animal photographs Britta Jaschinski  Editorial introduction Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald  Part 1: Animals as philosophical, ethical and political subjects  Introduction  1. The history of animals Aristotle  2. Principles of morals and legislation Jeremy Bentham  3. Equality for animals? Peter Singer  4. In defense of slavery Marjorie Spiegel  5. The nature and importance of rights Tom Regan  6. Animal thing to animal person ? thoughts on time, place, and theories Steven Wise  7. Frontiers of justice: capabilities and animals Martha Nussbaum  8. Becoming-animal Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari  9. The animal that therefore I am (more to follow) Jacques Derrida  10. From polis to zoopolis: a political theory of animal rights Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka  11. The struggle for compassion and justice through critical animal studies Carol Gigliotti  Further reading in aminals as philosophical, ethical and political subjects  Part 2: Animals as reflexive thinkers  Introduction  12. An apology for Raymond Sebond Michel de Montaigne  13. From the letters of 1646 and 1649 René Descartes  14. The emotions Charles Darwin  15. Speaking for dogs Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders  16. Wild justice and fair play: cooperation, forgiveness, and morality in animals Marc Bekoff  17. Grief, sadness, and the bones of elephants Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy  18. Orangutan cultures and the evolution of material culture Carel P. van Schaik, Marc Ancrenaz, Gwendolyn Borgen, Birute Galdikas, Cheryl D. Knott, Ian Singleton, Akira Suzuki, Sri Suci Utami, and Michelle Merrill  Further reading in animals as reflexive thinkers  Part 3: Animals as domesticates, companions and food  Introduction  19. The hunter-gatherer prehistory of human-animal interactions Steven Mithen  20. Animal pets: cruelty and affection Yi-Fu Tuan  21. The eating of flesh Plutarch  22. Brave new farm? Jim Mason and Mary Finelli  23. The sexual politics of meat Carol J. Adams  24. Nomadic pastoralism, ranching, and violence David Nibert  25. Theriocide: naming animal killing Piers Beirne  26. The work of animals: a challenge for social sciences Jocelyne Porcher  Further reading in animals as domesticates, companions and food  Part 4: Animals as spectacle and sport  Introduction  27. Combats of elephants Pliny the Elder  28. On being human in the bullfight Garry Marvin  29. Dogfighting: symbolic expression and validation of masculinity Rhonda Evans, DeAnn Kalich (Gauthier) and Craig J. Forsyth  30. Hunting and humanity in Western thought Matt Cartmill  31. Naturalizing zoo animals Irus Braverman  Further reading in animals as spectacle and sport  Part 5: Animals as symbols  Introduction  32. Why look at animals? John Berger  33. The totemic illusion Claude Lévi-Strauss  34. Animals as tradition Boria Sax  35. Animals and visual culture Randy Malamud  36. What is the postmodern animal? Steve Baker  Further reading in animals as symbols  Part 6: Animals as scientific objects  Introduction  37. Observations on the animal kingdom Carl Linnaeus  38. The Brown Dog Riots of 1907 Coral Lansbury  39. Into the laboratory Lynda Birke  40. Biopower and the biotechnological framing of the animal body Richard Twine  41. Sharing suffering: instrumental relations between laboratory animals and their people Donna J. Haraway  42. Responding bodies and partial affinities in human-animal worlds Vinciane Despret  Further reading in animals as scientific objects.  Index