Animal Studies An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0199827036
ISBN-13: 9780199827039
Edition: 2013
Authors: Paul Waldau
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Human culture values some nonhumans but not others, while human culture as a whole is engaged with an incredibly diverse range of living beings.Animal studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that incorporates scholarship from public policy, sociology, religion, politics, philosophy, and many other fields. In essence, it seeks to understand how humans study and conceive of other-than-human animals, and how these conceptions have changed over time, across cultures, and among various scholarly modes of inquiry. This interdisciplinary introduction to the field boldly and creatively foregrounds the realities of nonhuman animals, as well as the imaginative and ethical faculties that humans must engage to consider our intersection with living beings outside of our species.The field requires both learning and unlearning to develop forms of critical thinking that are scientifically informed and ethically sensitive. This book is a frank assessment of the ways human-centered approaches undermine the core values of the scientific tradition, robust education, and human compassion. Further, it argues that the breadth and depth of thinking and the humility needed to grasp the human-nonhuman intersection has the potential to expand the dualism that currently divides the sciences and humanities.As the first holistic survey of the field,Animal Studiesis essential reading for any student of human-animal relationships, and for all people who care about the role nonhuman animals play in our society.

Paul Waldau is the director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston and is the author of The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals(Oxford). He is also co-chair of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion and president of the Religion and Animals Institute.Kimberley Patton is professor of the comparative and historical study of religion at Harvard Divinity School, where she teaches a course on animals in religion. She is the author of several books, including most recently, The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean(Columbia).

Introduction
Opening Doors
Through Open Doors: The Challenges of History, Culture, and Education
Science, Politics, and Other Animals
Early Twenty-First-Century Animal Studies: Three Cutting Edges
Animals in the Creative Arts
Animals in Philosophy
Comparative Studies: Legal Systems, Religions, and Cultures
Animals and Modern Social Realities
The Special Roles of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography
Telling the Larger Story
Marginalized Humans and Other Animals
The Question of Leadership: Getting beyond Pioneers and Leaders to Individual Choices
The Future of Animal Studies
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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