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Animals Count

How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Nancy Cushing, Jodi Frawley


210 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Whether their populations are perceived as too large, just right, too small or non-existent, animal numbers matter to the humans with whom they share environments. Animals in the right numbers are accepted and even welcomed, but when they are seen to deviate from the human-declared set point, they become either enemies upon whom to declare war or victims to be protected.

In this edited volume, leading and emerging scholars investigate for the first time the ways in which the size of an animal population impacts how they are viewed by humans and, conversely, how human perceptions of populations impact animals.

This collection explores the fortunes of amphibians, mammals, insects and fish whose numbers have created concern in settler Australia and examines shifts in these populations between excess, abundance, equilibrium, scarcity and extinction. The book points to the importance of caution in future campaigns to manipulate animal populations, and demonstrates how approaches from the humanities can be deployed to bring fresh perspectives to understandings of how to live alongside other animals.

Table of Contents

1. Why Count Animals? Nancy Cushing and Jodi Frawley Part I Excess The Man from Menindie – D.H. Souter 2. Cane Toads as Sport: Conservation Practice and Animal Ethics at Odds Libby Robin 3. Taking locust country Andrea Gaynor 4. On the Ant Frontier: Ontological conflict with Iridomyrmex humilis in post-war Sydney Adam Gall 5. A Swarm of Sheep: Colonizing the Esperance Bioregion Nicole Chalmer Part II Abundance Life Hath its Charms 6. Optimism Unlimited: Prospects for the Pearl-Shell, Bêche-de-Mer and Trochus Industries on Australias Great Barrier Reef, 1860-1940 Rohan Lloyd 7. Swamplands: Human-Animal Relationships in Place Emily O’Gorman 8. ‘Pain for Animals. Profit for People’: The Campaign Against Live Sheep Exports’ Gonzalo Villanueva Part III Equilibrium The Ento(M)-uscian – Emma Carmody 9. "Cunning, intractable, destructive animals": Pigs as co-colonisers in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, 1840 - 60 Nancy Cushing 10. Wine worlds are animal worlds, too: Native Australian animal vine feeders and interspecies relations in the ecologies that host vineyards Julie McIntyre 11. Defending nature: Animals and militarised landscapes in Australia Ben Wilkie Part IV Scarcity Homecoming (Alpine Strata) – Emma Carmody 12. A Slow Catastrophe? Fishing for Sport and Commerce in Colonial Victoria David Harris 13. The Palatability of Pests: Redfin in the Murray-Darling Basin Jodi Frawley Part V Extinction ‘Tis the Last Fly of Summer 14. After None: Memorialising animal species extinction through monuments Dolly Jørgensen

About the Editors

Nancy Cushing is associate professor in History at the University of Newcastle, Australia. An environmental historian most interested in relations between humans and other animals, she is co-author, with Kevin Markwell, of Snake-bitten, Eric Worrell and the Australian Reptile Park (2010), co-editor of Radical Newcastle (2015) and is writing a history of meat eating in colonial Australia.

Jodi Frawley is an honorary research fellow in the Department of History at University of Western Australia, Australia. She is interested in understanding the cultural implications of environmental change in all its guises, from globally mobile biological matter to the ways that race relations impact in the environment. Her current project is a history of fishing in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland.

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Humanities

The Routledge Environmental Humanities series is an original and inspiring venture recognising that today’s world agricultural and water crises, ocean pollution and resource depletion, global warming from greenhouse gases, urban sprawl, overpopulation, food insecurity and environmental justice are all crises of culture.

The reality of understanding and finding adaptive solutions to our present and future environmental challenges has shifted the epicenter of environmental studies away from an exclusively scientific and technological framework to one that depends on the human-focused disciplines and ideas of the humanities and allied social sciences.

We thus welcome book proposals from all humanities and social sciences disciplines for an inclusive and interdisciplinary series. We favour manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. The readership comprises scholars and students from the humanities and social sciences and thoughtful readers concerned about the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ( to submit proposals

Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):

A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.

Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters

Series Editors:

Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.

Dr Paul Warde, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK.

Editorial Board

Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□    Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Iain McCalman, University of Sydney, Australia,    Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia, Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia

International Advisory Board

William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Paul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, Princeton University, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales, Australia, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
HISTORY / Historical Geography
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
NATURE / Endangered Species