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Companion Animals in Everyday Life

Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures

Editors: Pręgowski, Michał Piotr (Ed.)

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This book is an interdisciplinary collection shedding light on human-animal relationships and interactions around the world. The book offers a predominantly empirical look at social and cultural practices related to companion animals in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, Japan, China and Taiwan, Vietnam, USA, and Turkey among others. It focuses on how dogs, cats, rabbits and members of other species are perceived and treated in various cultures, highlighting commonalities and differences between them. 

About the authors

Michał Piotr Pręgowski is Assistant Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a sociologist and a Fulbright alumnus whose research projects include social construction of dogs in the contemporary West, especially their naming and training, as well as social practices of commemorating companion animals. Pręgowski's recent books include Pies też człowiek? Relacje psów i ludzi we współczesnej Polsce (2014), an edited volume on humans and canines in contemporary Poland, as well as Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland (2016).

Reviews

“The rising general interest in animal companions and their welfare has been paralleled by the growth of ‘human-animal studies’ in the social sciences and related academic disciplines.  This edited collection is a significant addition to the literature in this substantive area.  The collection offers a broad range of topics—from the resurgence of pet-keeping in Soviet Russia to the popularity of house rabbits—in chapters written by both established authorities and young scholars.  This unique and internationally focused book is a frequently lively collection that will be of great interest both to knowledgeable readers and those who want a varied and readable introduction to human-animal studies.”  (Clinton R. Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Connecticut, USA, and author of “Understanding Dogs: Living and Working with Canine Companions”)

Companion Animals in Everyday Life offers a fascinating overview of contemporary research on human-animal relationships. From the exploding worldwide popularity of rabbits as companion animals to conflicts over dog-eating in China and the impact of the Japanese nuclear plant disaster on human-animal bonds, this is an important book which beautifully captures the intellectual ferment of this new and exciting academic field.”(Hal Herzog, author of “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals”)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Preȩgowski, Michał Piotr

    Pages 1-9

  • Companion Animals and Nuisance Species: Adventures in the Exotic, the Wild, the Illegal, and Cross-Cultural Comfort Zones

    Waller, Sara

    Pages 13-25

  • Anthrozoology in the Netherlands: Connecting Science and Practice

    Eshuis, Jannes (et al.)

    Pages 27-41

  • Bringing the Beast Back In: The Rehabilitation of Pet Keeping in Soviet Russia

    Nelson, Amy

    Pages 43-58

  • Perceptions of Personality: How What We See Influences Our Perceptions About and Behavior Toward Companion Animals

    Workman, Miranda K.

    Pages 61-72

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59572-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59571-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Companion Animals in Everyday Life
Book Subtitle
Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures
Editors
  • Michał Piotr Pręgowski
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59572-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59572-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59571-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 313
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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