Global Pigeon

ISBN-10: 022600208X

ISBN-13: 9780226002088

Edition: 2013

Authors: Colin Jerolmack
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Description: The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Domesticated thousands of years ago as a messenger and a source of food, its presence on our sidewalks is so common that people consider the bird a nuisance—if they notice it at all. Yet pigeons are also kept for pleasure, sport, and profit by people all over the world, from the “pigeon wars” waged by breeding enthusiasts in the skies over Brooklyn to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race held every year in South Africa.Drawing on more than three years of fieldwork across three continents, Colin Jerolmack traces our complex and often contradictory relationship with these versatile animals in public spaces such as Venice’s Piazza San Marco and London’s Trafalgar Square and in working-class and immigrant communities of pigeon breeders in New York and Berlin. By exploring what he calls “the social experience of animals,” Jerolmack shows how our interactions with pigeons offer surprising insights into city life, community, culture, and politics. Theoretically understated and accessible to interested readers of all stripes,The Global Pigeonis one of the best and most original ethnographies to be published in decades.

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Introduction: Experiencing the City through the Quintessential Urban Bird
The Pedestrian Pigeon
Feeding the Pigeons Sidewalk Sociability in Greenwich Village
"Do Not Feed the Pigeons" Cultural Heritage and the Politics of Place in Venice and London
The Totemic Pigeon
New York's Rooftop Pigeon Flyers Crafting Nature and Anchoring the Self
The Turkish Pigeon Caretakers of Berlin Primordial Ties in a Migrant Community
Joey's Brooklyn Pet Shop Cosmopolitan Ties in a Changing Urban Landscape
Deep Play
The Bronx Homing Pigeon Club Nature, Nurture, and the Enchantment of "the Poor Man's Horse Racing"
South Africa's Million Dollar Pigeon Race Rationalizing and Globalizing "the Pigeon Game''
Conclusion: Changing Ecologies
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
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