In Engaging with Animals: Interpretations of a Shared Existence experts in the field of human–animal studies investigate, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the ways in which humans and other animals interact. Grouped into three broad sections, the chapters focus on themes ranging from attitudes, ethics and interactions to history, art and literature, and finally animal welfare outcomes. While offering different interpretations of human–non-human interactions, they share a common goal in attempting to find pathways leading to a mutually beneficial and shared co-existence.
Georgette Leah Burns is a senior lecturer in the School of Environment at Griffith University.
Mandy Paterson is a principal scientist with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Queensland.
Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson
Part 1: attitudes, ethics and interactions
1. Anthropomorphism and animals in the Anthropocene
Georgette Leah Burns
2. Ethical issues within human–alloprimate interactive zones
Nicholas Malone and Ally Palmer
3. Of rats, good science and openings to relatedness
4. Blurred boundaries: humans, animals and sex
5. Encounters with Antarctic animals in ABC’s Catalyst
Sophie Fern, Kate Nash and Elizabeth Leane
Part 2: history, art and literature
6. The donkey and Mr Simpson: remembering the donkey in the Anzac legend
7. Howling, haunting and the symbolic dingo
8. Animal approximations: depicting cryptic species
9. Linguistic anthropomorphism: Timbuktu, The Whistler and The White Bone
Part 3: animal and human welfare
10. TNR (trap-neuter-return): is it a solution for the management of feral cats in Australia?
11. Animal farming in Australia: consumer awareness, concern and action
12. A utilitarian argument against animal exploitation
13. Emotions in animals
Nicky McGrath and Clive Phillips
'Engaging with Animals will be eagerly sought by those who have been involved in the grass roots of Animal Studies in Australasia, as well as by international scholars involved in this growing field. The thirteen essays that comprise the book display the fascinating variety of topics that are emanating from Animal Studies conferences and exemplify the value of collections such as this.'
Carol Freeman Animal Studies Journal
‘The book should widen the scope of human–animal studies collections – and to a large extent, it does ... The Australian focus is evident in all three sections of this book. The focus adds much to the interest and importance this book has for contemporary animal ethics.’
Dawne McCance Journal of Animal Ethics
Size: 210 × 148 × 15 mm
1 b&w table, 6 colour illustrations, and 9 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2014
Publication: 30 May 2014
Series: Animal Publics