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Anthrozoology

Molly Mullin

in Anthropology

ISBN: 9780199766567
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199766567-0072
Anthrozoology

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Anthrozoology examines humans’ relationships with animals. As an interdisciplinary field, anthrozoology connects with many other disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and veterinary medicine. Additional subdivisions within anthropology include ethnoprimatology, multispecies ethnography, and zooarchaeology. The ways people perceive and interact with animals varies radically, and they have undergone tremendous change over time. For anthropologists working in anthrozoology, this diversity and change over time is of central importance. Although the scholarly study of humans’ relationships with animals has a long history, it has become more prominent in recent years as animals have emerged as the focus of a wide variety of political concerns and as the human–animal boundary has been recognized as important in understanding humans and in understanding, even rethinking, the underlying premises of modern knowledge. Anthrozoologists, positioned between the sciences and the humanities, are making important contributions to the interdisciplinary field of human–animal studies, or critical animal studies. They are also responding to practical and political issues pertaining to biodiversity conservation, the welfare of “companion animals,” and the roles of animals in food systems, science, and entertainment.

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Subjects: Anthropology ; Human Evolution ; Medical Anthropology ; Physical Anthropology ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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