Zooland The Institution of Captivity

ISBN-10: 0804783586
ISBN-13: 9780804783583
Edition: 2012
Authors: Irus Braverman
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Description: This book takes a unique stance on a controversial topic: zoos. Zoos have their ardent supporters and their vocal detractors. And while we all have opinions onwhatzoos do, few people considerhowthey do it. Irus Braverman draws on more than seventy  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This book takes a unique stance on a controversial topic: zoos. Zoos have their ardent supporters and their vocal detractors. And while we all have opinions onwhatzoos do, few people considerhowthey do it. Irus Braverman draws on more than seventy interviews conducted with zoo managers and administrators, as well as animal activists, to offer a glimpse into the otherwise unknown complexities of zooland.Zoolandbegins and ends with the story of Timmy, the oldest male gorilla in North America, to illustrate the dramatic transformations of zoos since the 1970s. Over these decades, modern zoos have transformed themselves from places created largely for entertainment to globally connected institutions that emphasize care through conservation and education.Zoos naturalize their spaces, classify their animals, and produce spectacular experiences for their human visitors. Zoos name, register, track, and allocate their animals in global databases. Zoos both abide by and create laws and industry standards that govern their captive animals. Finally, zoos intensely govern the reproduction of captive animals, carefully calculating the life and death of these animals, deciding which of them will be sustained and which will expire.Zoolandtakes readers behind the exhibits into the world of zoo animals and their caretakers. And in so doing, it turns its gaze back on us to make surprising interconnections between our understandings of the human and the nonhuman.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Naturalizing Zoo Animals
Classifying Zoo Animals
Seeing Zoo Animals
Naming Zoo Animals
Registering Zoo Animals
Regulating Zoo Animals
Reproducing Zoo Animals
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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