Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Garry Marvin, Susan McHugh


332 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780415521406
pub: 2014-04-24
SAVE ~$53.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203101995
pub: 2014-04-16
from $28.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies presents a collection of original essays from artists and scholars who have established themselves internationally on the basis of specific and significant new contributions to human-animal studies. It offers a broad interpretive account of the development and present configurations of the field of human-animal studies across many cultures, continents, and times.


A new and necessary survey of a rapidly evolving field, this marvellous collection succeeds in being inviting as well as authoritative; taking on the challenge of reconceptualising the wild, the domesticated and the feral, these exceptional essays amply demonstrate Marvin and McHugh’s conviction that the question of how we live with animals is fundamental to how we live with ourselves. - Philip Howell, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Human-animal studies is only a few decades old (and so, born yesterday in academic terms), but in that brief span it has attracted scholars from across the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh have produced a collection that demonstrates the striking disciplinary reach and methodological variety of this innovative field. - Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, MIT

"The Handbook of Human-Animal Studies is both a great read and a provocation to rendering each other capable of knowing entangled human and animal worldings better. The diverse essays are unsettling and enticing. Feral protagonists in contemporary South African novels, mourning Hawaiian crows and shared grief in the face of extinction, commercial wild meat and green exterminism in New Zealand, Sami reindeer and their herders, ancient dogs, crowds of Swedish cats in nonconforming homes, Arabian babblers reshaping their scientists, laboratory and other rats escaping more than one kind of maze, and many more human and non-human critters of temporally deep and spatially differentiated worlds: All of these both confront the arrogance of human exceptionalism and nurture the perceptual and analytical skills to inhabit bumptious and challenging human-animal studies. This Handbook is an ambitious, rich webbing of essays in an emergent, multi-dimensional niche-space of contemporary trans-disciplinary studies; as the editors put it in their seductive introduction: "critters and scholars alike, we are in it together." The Handbook layers the kind of compost that can remix the wastes and resources of post-humanism into something more nourishing for these times of excess death and still possible resilience." - Donna Haraway, author of 'When Species Meet'

Table of Contents

In it Together: an Introduction to Human-Animal Studies by Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh 1. Mammoths in the Landscape by Nigel Rothfels 2. Domesticating Practices: The Case of Arabian Babblers by Vinciane Despret 3. Escaping the Maze: Wildness and Tameness in Studying Animal Behaviour by Lynda Birke 4. Wherever I Lay my Cat? Post-Human Crowding and the Meaning of Home by Tora Holmberg 5. On a Wing and a Prayer: Butterflies in Contemporary Art by Giovanni Aloi 6. ‘This Ain't Agriculture’ by Bernard Rollin 7. Beyond the Wild, the Feral, and the Domestic: Lessons from Prehistoric Crete by Kerry Harris and Yannis Hamilakis 8. Netherworld Envoy or Man’s Best Friend? Attitudes toward Dogs in the Ancient World by Sophia Menache 9. The Material Culture of Pet Keeping by Katherine C. Grier 10. The Adored and the Abhorrent: Nationalism and Feral Cats in England and Australia by Adrian Franklin 11. Animal Conceptions in Animism and Conservation: their Rootedness in Distinct Longue Durée Notions of Life and Death by Istvan Praet 12. The Emptiness of the Wild by Philip Armstrong and Annie Potts 13. Feral Attraction: Art, Becoming, and Erasure by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson 14. Becoming Rhinoceros: Therio-Theatricality as Problem and Promise in Western Drama by Una Chaudhuri 15. Bestial Imaginings by Kathy Rudy 16. Embodying the Feral: Indigenous Traditions and the Nonhuman in some Recent South African Novels by Wendy Woodward 17. Going Wild in Space: The Porous Boundaries of Wild Animal Geographies by Henry Buller 18. Relationships between Sámi Reindeer Herders, Lands, and Reindeer by Elina Helander-Renvall 19. Kinship Imaginaries: Children’s Stories of Wild Friendships, Fear, and Freedom by Leesa Fawcett 20. Mourning Crows: Grief and Extinction in a Shared World by Thom van Dooren 21. Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead by Steve Baker

About the Editors

Garry Marvin is a social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.

Susan McHugh is a literary theorist and Professor and Chair of English at the University of New England, USA.

About the Series

Routledge International Handbooks

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General