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An Introduction to Human–Animal Relationships
A Psychological Perspective

ISBN 9780367277598
Published May 10, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An Introduction to HumanAnimal Relationships is a comprehensive introduction to the field of human–animal interaction from a psychological perspective across a wide range of themes.

Hollin examines the topic of the relationships between humans and animals as seen in owning a companion animal alongside more indirect relationships such as our approaches to eating meat. The core issues under discussion include the moral and ethical issues raised in using animals for entertainment, in therapy, to keep us safe, and in sports such as horse racing. The justifications for hunting and killing animals as sport and using animals in scientific experimentation are considered. The closing chapter looks to the future and considers how conservation and climate change may influence human–animal relationships.

This key text brings an important perspective to the field of human–animal studies and will be useful to students and scholars in the fields of psychology, sociology, animal welfare, anthrozoology, veterinary science, and zoology.

Table of Contents




Part I: Animals and psychology

1. Animals in psychological research

Part II: Mainly of cats and dogs

2. Animals as companions

3. Pet problems: Aggression

4. Pet problems: Anxiety

5. Solving pet problems

Part III: Humans and animals: Friend or foe?

6. Animals amusing and assisting humans

7. Animals healers

8. Eating, hurting and killing animals

9. Into the Anthropocene


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Clive R. Hollin is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leicester, UK. He has published 25 books, mainly on the topic of criminological psychology. This book is the first in a foray into other areas of psychology.