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This volume delves into the realm between representative images and real animals. It is a historical inquiry into human...

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Exact title of the book
Animals In Human Histories: The Mirror Of Nature And Culture (Studies In Comparative History)
Book author
Mary Henninger-Voss
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
484 pages
Language
English
Published
December 10th 2002 by University of Rochester Press
File size (in PDF)
1936 kB
Animals In Human Histories: The Mirror Of Nature And Culture (Studies In Comparative History)

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This volume delves into the realm between representative images and real animals. It is a historical inquiry into human interaction with the animals we eat, pamper, experiment on, and imagine, as they have been variously domesticated, slaughtered, loved, studied, and made into icons of human invention. Common assumptions and experiences with animals have entered into the functioning and conceptualizing of life, yet these are historically and culturally contingent.

The essays in this volume unveil the ways in which human-animal relationships reveal the interhuman structures of the cultures in which they are formed. By using animals as a lens, they refocus our awareness of the ways in which humans have allotted resources, gathered knowledge, and structured families. The treatment of animals is often a guide to the treatment of people within a society, while the perceived 'stewardship' of humans over animals has helped shape the broader environment that both human and nonhuman animals share.

The authors tackle their subject from a variety of levels - popular, scientific, and economic. The essays explore the vast borderland between human ideas and physical nature regarding animal representation. Contributors include Richard W.

Burkhardt, Jr., Jonathan Burt, Ken C. Erickson, Katherine C. Grier, Richard C.

Hoffmann, Andrew C. Isenberg, Jacqueline Milliet, John Solomon Otto, Karen A. Rader, Harriet Ritvo, Nigel Rothfels, Kenneth J.

Shapiro, and Edward I. Steinhart. Mary Henninger-Voss is an Associate of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University.