Trash Animals How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

ISBN-10: 0816680558
ISBN-13: 9780816680559
Edition: 2013
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Why are some species admired or beloved while others are despised? An eagle or hawk circling overhead inspires awe while urban pigeons shuffling underfoot are kicked away in revulsion. Fly fishermen consider carp an unwelcome trash fish, even though the trout they hope to catch are often equally non-native. Wolves and coyotes are feared and hunted in numbers wildly disproportionate to the dangers they pose to humans and livestock.InTrash Animals, a diverse group of environmental writers explores the natural history of wildlife species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the vexed relationship humans have with such creatures. Each essay focuses on a so-called trash species—gulls, coyotes, carp, cockroaches, magpies, prairie dogs, and lubber grasshoppers, among others—examining the biology and behavior of each in contrast to the assumptions widely held about them. Identifying such animals as trash tells us nothing about problematic wildlife but rather reveals more about human expectations of, and frustrations with, the natural world.By establishing the unique place that maligned species occupy in the contemporary landscape and in our imagination, the contributors challenge us to look closely at these animals, to reimagine our ethics of engagement with such wildlife, and to question the violence with which we treat them. Perhaps our attitudes reveal more about humans than they do about the animals.Contributors: Bruce Barcott; Charles Bergman, Pacific Lutheran U; James E. Bishop, Young Harris College; Andrew D. Blechman; Michael P. Branch, U of Nevada, Reno; Lisa Couturier; Carolyn Kraus, U of Michigan–Dearborn; Jeffrey A. Lockwood, U of Wyoming; Kyhl Lyndgaard, Marlboro College; Charles Mitchell, Elmira College; Kathleen D. Moore, Oregon State U; Catherine Puckett; Bernard Quetchenbach, Montana State U, Billings; Christina Robertson, U of Nevada, Reno; Gavan P. L. Watson, U of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Symbolic Trash Animal
See Gull: Cultural Blind Spots and the Disappearance of the Ring-Billed Gull in Toronto
Hunger Makes the Wolf
Beauty and the Beast
Managing Apocalypse: A Cultural History of the Mormon Cricket
The Native Trash Animal
One Nation under Coyote, Divisible
Prairie Dog and Prejudice
Nothing Says Trash like Packrats: Nature Boy Meets Bushy Tail
The Invasive Trash Animal
Canadas: From Conservation Success to Flying Carp
The Bard's Bird; or, The Slings and Arrows of Avicultural Hegemony: A Tragicomedy in Five Acts
Fly-Fishing for Carp as a Deeper Aesthetics
The Urban Trash Animal
Metamorphosis in Detroit
Kach'i: Garbage Birds in a Hybrid Landscape
Flying Rats
Moving Beyond Trash
Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?
An Unlimited Take of Ugly: The Bullhead Catfish
A Six-legged Guru: Fear and Loathing in Nature
The Parables of the Rats and Mice
Publication History
Contributors
Index

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