Dog's best friend? : rethinking canid-human relations / edited by John Sorenson and Atsuko Matsuoka
- Machine generated contents note: Section One Historical Canid-Human Relations -- 1.Dogs and Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome: Towards a Definition of Extended Appropriate Interaction / Cristiana Franco -- 2.Well-Bred Is Weil-Behaved: The Creation and Meaning of Dog Breeds / Martin Wallen -- 3.Significant Others: Fox Gods and Dog Generals in Pre-Modern Japan / Michael Bathgate -- Section Two Dogs in Space -- 4.Dogs, Dirt, and Public Space / Karla Armbruster -- 5.Post-Human Families? Dog-Human Relations in the Domestic Sphere / Nickie Charles -- 6.Connected and Interconnected: Bali People and Bali Dogs / Agra Utari -- 7.Street Dogs, Rights, and the Pursuit of Justice in India's Dogopolis / Lisa Warden -- 8.Gone Stray: A Journey of Gou Mama and Their Fur-Kids / Chia-ju Chang -- 9.Caring for Istanbul's Street Animals: Empathy, Altruism, and Rage / Kimberly Hart -- Section Three Exploitation -- 10.Eating Dogs / John Sorenson -- 11.The Beagle Freedom Project: Activism, Advocacy, and Awareness / Tim Fowler -- Section Four Wild Canids -- 12.Becoming "Us" / Sandi Mikuse -- 13.Time to Rethink the Wolf: Reflections on Captivity / Rob Laidlaw -- 14.Of Bounty and Beastly Tales: Wolves and the Canadian Imagination / Stephanie Rutherford.
- "In almost 40 per cent of households in North America, dogs are kept as companion animals. Dogs may be man's best friends, but what are humans to dogs? If these animals' loyalty and unconditional love have won our hearts, why do we so often view closely related wild canids, such as foxes, wolves, and coyotes, as pests, predatory killers, and demons? Re-examining the complexity and contradictions of human attitudes towards these animals, Dog's Best Friend? looks at how our relationships with canids have shaped and also been transformed by different political and economic contexts. Journeying from ancient Greek and Roman societies to Japan's Edo period to eighteenth-century England, essays explore how dogs are welcomed as family, consumed in Asian food markets, and used in Western laboratories. Contributors provide glimpses of the lives of street dogs and humans in Bali, India, Taiwan, and Turkey and illuminate historical and current interactions in Western societies. The book delves into the fantasies and fears that play out in stereotypes of coyotes and wolves, while also acknowledging that events such as the Wolf Howl in Canada's Algonquin Park indicate the emergence of new popular perspectives on canids. Questioning where canids belong, how they should be treated, and what rights they should have, Dog's Best Friend? reconsiders the concept of justice and whether it can be extended beyond the limit of the human species."--
- 9780773559059 (hardcover), 0773559051 (hardcover), 9780773559066 (softcover), and 077355906X (softcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other Forms:
- Issued also in electronic format.
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