Heartsblood Hunting, Spirituality, and Wildness in America

ISBN-10: 1559637617

ISBN-13: 9781559637619

Edition: 2nd 2000

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Description: In this age of boneless chicken breasts and drive-thru Happy Meals, why do some humans still hunt? Is it a visceral, tooth-and-claw hunger for meat, tied in a primitive savage knot with an innate lust for violence and domination? Or might it be a hunger of an entirely different sort? And if so, what? In Heartsblood, writer and veteran outdoorsman David Petersen offers a thoroughly informed, unsettlingly honest, intensely personal exploration of this increasingly contentious issue. He draws clear distinctions between true hunting and contemporary hunter behavior, praising what's right about the former and damning what's wrong with the latter, as he seeks to render the terms "hunter" and "antihunter" palpable -- to put faces on these much-used but little-understood generalizations.Petersen looks at the evolutionary roots and philosophical underpinnings of hunting, and offers a compelling portrait of an "animistic archetype" -- a paradigm for the true hunter/conservationist that is in sharp contrast with today's technology-laden, gadget-loving sport hunter. He considers the social and ecological implications of trophy hunting and deconstructs the "Bambi syndrome" -- the oversentimentalization of young animals by most Americans, including many hunters. He also explores gender issues in hunting, and highlights important qualities that are largely missing in today's mentoring of tomorrow's hunters.Throughout, Petersen emphasizes the fundamental spiritual aspects of hunting, and offers numerous finely drawn and compelling first-person hunting narratives that explain and provide substance to his arguments. Along with that personal experience, he draws on philosophy, evolutionary theory, biology, and empirical studies to create an engaging and literate work that offers a unique look at hunting, hunters, and, in the words of the author, "life's basic truths."

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.97" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Foreword
Preface: Contemplating The Hunter
Acknowledgments
Exploring Hunting's Heritage
How Hunting Made (and Helps to Keep) Us Human: A Tribute to Paul Shepard
Dersu Uzala: A Hunter/Conservationist Paradigm
Hunting Down the Hunt: Meditations on Jose Ortega y Gasset
Worldviews in Conflict
Hunters: A Scientific Profile (with Personal Conclusions)
Antihunters: A Scientific Profile (with Personal Conclusions)
Hunting for Spirituality: An Oxymoron?
Heartsblood: Getting Personal
The Unnatural Predator? Taking Aim at Trophy Hunting
(Meta) Physician, Heal Thyself! Personal Encounters with Trophy Hunting
Confessions of a Baby Killer: Exploring the Dark Side of Wildness
The Bambi Syndrome Dismembered: Why Bambi (and Bambi) Must Die
Why I Bowhunt: Confessions of a Pleistocene Throwback
Hydraulic Hunting: Wading the Slippery Waters of "No Kill" Angling
Onward, Through the Fog
Gender Be Damned: A Woman's View of (Men and) Hunting
Women and Hunting: A Man's View
Should Kids Hunt? Reflections on the Past and Future of Hunting
Bullseye: Process versus Project
A Dreamy Postscript: The Wapiti's Message
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
Index
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