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Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters

1st Edition

By Claire Parkinson


176 pages

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Hardback: 9780367195731
pub: 2019-08-08
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This book critically investigates the pervasiveness of anthropomorphised animals in popular culture.

Anthropomorphism in popular visual media has long been denounced for being unsophisticated or emotionally manipulative. It is often criticised for over-expressing similarities between humans and other animals. This book focuses on everyday encounters with visual representations of anthropomorphised animals and considers how attributing other animals with humanlike qualities speaks to a complex set of power relations. Through a series of case studies, it explores how anthropomorphism is produced and circulated and proposes that it can serve to create both misunderstandings and empathetic connections between humans and other animals.

This book will appeal to academics and students interested in visual media, animal studies, sociology and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Anthropomorphism Chapter 2: Mediation: encountering other animals Chapter 3: When animals look Chapter 4: When animals feel Chapter 5: When animals speak Chapter 6: When animals think

About the Author

Professor CLAIRE PARKINSON is Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies at Edge Hill University. Her research interests cover media, film and Animal Studies. Her publications include the books Popular Media and Animals and Beyond Human.

About the Series

Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

The last fifteen years or so have seen an extraordinary growth in new and original social science research into human-animal relations. The ‘animal turn’ as some have referred to it is driven by a strong sense that though essential partners in human worlds, animals have long been ignored by a predominantly humanist social science. Although there is a growing literature on human-animal studies, particularly within the humanities but increasingly including geography, sociology, anthropology, the crucial interdisciplinary cross-overs that have so animated animal studies research have not been easily served in the publication strategies of either major journals or book publishers.

The new Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting edge research and analysis to explore human animal relations across the social sciences and humanities. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating and highly relevant topics, drawing across the humanities and social sciences in an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective. This series will encourage new theoretical perspectives and highlight ground-breaking research that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of current animal studies. The series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students as well as academics and policy-makers across a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

To submit a proposal for the series please contact Faye Leerink ( and Henry Buller (

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography