By Arnold Arluke
what's it approximately Western society, ask the authors, that enables humans to precise nice affection for animals as sentient creatures and at the same time flip a blind eye to the main callous habit towards them? Animals are bought as pricey commodities, used as nutrients and garments, killed as vermin, and searched for activity. yet additionally they are handled as family members, used because the reason célèbre of social activities, and made the topic of artwork, movie, and poetry. Such contradictions encourage those special ethnographers to enterprise into social worlds most folk learn about in basic terms in passing, corresponding to veterinary clinics the place better half animals are cared for, animal shelters the place canine and cats are "mercifully" euthanized, and primate labs the place monkeys are saved for animal experimentation.
Arluke and Sanders aren't distanced ethnographers. They labored within the clinics, shelters, and laboratories, cleansing cages, supporting in surgical procedure, and collaborating in "sacrificing" animals for technological know-how or supporting to supply them with an "easy death." during this ebook, the folk who paintings with those animals and pass though them check with the authors concerning the concepts they undertake to deal with the strain of the job.
This attention-grabbing e-book combines sociological research with ethnographic description to offer us perception into the background and perform of the way we as humans build animals, and by way of extrapolation, how we build ourselves and others in terms of them.
within the sequence Animals, tradition, and Society, edited via Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders.