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Companion Animals and Us
Exploring the Relationships between People and Pets

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Anthony L. Podberscek, Elizabeth Paul, James A. Serpell, Phillipe Erickson, Liliane Bodson, Sophia Menache, Erick L. Laurent, Norine Dresser, Erika Friedmann, Sue A. Thomas, Tim Eddy, Samuel D. Gosling, Rachael M. Harker, Glyn Collis, June McNicholas, Sheila Bonas, Marie-José Enders-Slegers, Dennis Turner, Arnold Arluke, Joanna Swabe, Piers Beirne
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521017718

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  • Over the past thirty years there has been a tremendous growth in interest in the multidisciplinary field of human-companion animal interactions and relationships. The increased interest in human-pet relationships is not surprising considering that pets are kept in at least half of the households in Western societies. What is so special about the relationships people have with their pets? Are we very different from our ancestors in the way we feel about animals? What does pet keeping tell us about ourselves and our relationships with people? Can pets be good for our health? Does having pets help promote empathy for other humans? Companion Animals and Us brings together some of the newest research from a wide variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, and human and veterinary medicine to explore these and many other questions. This book will provide fascinating reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the human-pet relationships.

    • Up-to-date look at complex relationships between humans and their pets
    • Balanced treatment, including health benefits of pet-keeping and the downside of animal abuse
    • Written by worldwide panel of experts
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    "This excellent scholarly work belongs in all libraries with large psychology or animal-technology sections." Booklist

    "Companion Animals & Us offers perspectives on our relationships with nonhuman housemates, drawing from a growing scientific literature, and stimulating many important questions to answer in the future." Ethology 2001

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521017718
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Anthony L. Podberscek, Elizabeth Paul and James Serpell
    Part I. History and Culture:
    2. The social significance of pet-keeping among Amazonian Indians Philippe Erickson
    3. Motivations for pet-keeping in Ancient Greece and Rome: a preliminary survey Liliane Bodson
    4. Hunting and attachment to dogs in the Pre-modern period Sophia Menache
    5. Children, 'insects' and play in Japan Erick L. Laurent
    6. The horse bar mitzvah: a celebratory exploration of the human-animal bond Norine Dresser
    7. Creatures of the unconscious: companion animals as mediators James Serpell
    Part II. The Nature of the Relationship:
    8. Companion animals and human health: physical and cardiovascular influences Erika Friedmann, Sue A. Thomas and Tim Eddy
    9. Personality research on pets and their owners: conceptual issues and review Anthony Podberscek and Samuel D. Gosling
    10. Love of pets and love of people Elizabeth Paul
    Part III. Pets, Families and Interactions:
    11. The influence of current relationships upon pet animal acquisition Rachael M. Harker, Glyn Collis and June McNicholas
    12. Pets in the network of family relationships: an empirical study Sheila Bonas, June McNicholas and Glyn M. Collis
    13. The meaning of companion animals: qualitative analysis of the life histories of elderly cat and dog owners Marie-José Enders-Slegers
    14. Human-cat interactions: relationships with, and breed differences between, non-pedigree, Persian and Siamese cats Dennis C. Turner
    Part IV. Welfare and Ethics:
    15. Secondary victimization in companion animal abuse: the owner's perspective Arnold Arluke
    16. Veterinary dilemmas: ambiguity and ambivalence in human-animal interaction Joanna Swabe
    17. Rethinking bestiality: towards a concept of interspecies sexual assault Piers Beirne.

  • Editors

    Anthony L. Podberscek, University of Cambridge

    Elizabeth S. Paul, University of Bristol

    James A. Serpell, University of Pennsylvania
    James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society. He received his bachelor's degree in Zoology from University College London (UK) in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1980. He moved to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Dr. Serpell is the current President of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ). He serves on the editorial boards of most of the major journals on animal welfare, applied animal behavior, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of companion animals, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history of human-animal relationships. In addition to publishing more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on these and related topics, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (1995), In the Company of Animals (1996), and Companion Animals & Us (2000).

    Contributors

    Anthony L. Podberscek, Elizabeth Paul, James A. Serpell, Phillipe Erickson, Liliane Bodson, Sophia Menache, Erick L. Laurent, Norine Dresser, Erika Friedmann, Sue A. Thomas, Tim Eddy, Samuel D. Gosling, Rachael M. Harker, Glyn Collis, June McNicholas, Sheila Bonas, Marie-José Enders-Slegers, Dennis Turner, Arnold Arluke, Joanna Swabe, Piers Beirne

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