Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies
Edited by Garry Marvin, Susan Mchugh
To Be Published December 31st 2013 by Routledge – 496 pages
Human-animal studies explores the ways that animals are configured in human cultures. It is an interdisciplinary field that has grown rapidly over the past decade. The Handbook of Human-Animal Studies is a one-stop guide to the subject area, with overviews of the many distinct areas which go together to form the field. The expert contributors from many different disciplines have made the field what it is today, and their essays build on years of research. This handbook will provoke a whole new set of debates for scholars and students throughout the social sciences and humanities.
Introduction Part One: Wild 1. Indigenous relations - hunting, animism, and other indigenous practices 2. Collecting the wild - from natural history expeditions to trophy hunting 3. Wild spaces - animal geographies 4. Revealing, educating and entertaining in wildlife documentaries 5. Wild animal portraits in cave paintings, still lifes, and camera-trapping 6. Writing the wild - wild animals in literature and eco-criticism 7. Seeking out the wild - from safaris to ecotourism 8. Birding - hobbyists and citizen-scientists 9. 'Man killers' - wild animal individuals seen as threats to humans 10. Professional animal watchers - scientific fieldwork and ethology 11. Trafficking wildlife - poaching, endangerment and conservation Part Two: Domestic 12. The impact of domestication on human cultures and societies 13. Travelling with animals - the lives of pastoralists 14. Respectful husbandry - the modern return to organic relations 15. Selective breeding - bloodlines, pedigrees and patented animals 16. Intimate relations - literary and visual depictions of human lives with pets 17. Working animals - channelling animal abilities for human ends 18. Zoo life - collecting, educating, and conserving 19. Rights, responsibilities and welfare - domesticating animal politics 20. Fixing animals - spay/neuter technologies and ideologies 21. The unwanted - animals from homes to shelters 22. Kept for science - the making of experimental animal subjects 23. Animal doctoring - veterinary history and challenges of animal medicine 24. Liminal lives - from modern slaughter to tissue-cultured meat technologies Part Three: Feral 25. The environmental politics of ferality - policing boundaries 26. Running wild - free-ranging cats, dogs and other domesticates 27. Aliens? - perceiving animals as invasive species 28. Between the wild and the tame - the natures of wild-domestic hybrids 29. Polluting species - defining and controlling pests 30. On the run - escapees from zoos, labs, farms and slaughter facilities 31. Zoonoses - invasions of the human 32. Unconventional crossings - facts and fictions of genetically modified chimera in animal form 33. Return to the animal - representing human animality in the arts 34. Feral children - documenting and imagining their lives with animals 35. Feeding the homeless - legislation for feral animal care 36. Revivification - technologies and ethics of extinct-animal cloning
Garry Marvin (Roehampton University, London), appointed in 2010 as the first-ever Professor of Human-Animal Studies, brings the perspective of social and cultural anthropology to this project. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he has published Bullfight (Illinois, 1994), Zoo Culture (Illinois, 1999), and Wolf (Reaktion, 2011), and he has a forthcoming book titled To the Music of Hounds: An Anthropological Study of English Foxhunting.
Susan McHugh (University of New England), Professor of English, specializes in theory and cultural studies. She has contributed chapters on animals in literature, science, and popular culture to several landmark collections in human-animal studies. McHugh is also the author of Dog (Reaktion, 2004) and Animal Stories: Narrating Across Species Lines (Minnesota, 2011).