Second EditionArnold Arluke, Clinton R. Sanders, and Leslie Irvine
The first edition of Regarding Animals provided insight into the history and practice of how human beings construct animals, and how we construct ourselves and others in relation to them. Considerable progress in how society regards animals has occurred since that time. However, shelters continue to euthanize companion animals, extinction rates climb, and wildlife “management” pits human interests against those of animals.
This second edition of Regarding Animals includes four new chapters, examining how relationships with pets help homeless people to construct positive personal identities; how adolescents who engage in or witness animal abuse understand their acts; how veterinary technicians experience both satisfaction and contamination in their jobs; and how animals are represented in mass media—both traditional editorial media and social media platforms.
The authors illustrate how modern society makes it possible for people to shower animals with affection and yet also to abuse or kill them. Although no culture or subculture provides solutions for resolving all moral contradictions, Regarding Animals illuminates how people find ways to live with inconsistent behavior.
“If the contemporary literature on human-animal relations has something like amodern ‘classic’ it is Arluke and Sanders’s Regarding Animals. ”
“It is clearly not the authors’ objective to preach or judge, but rather to observe the socially constructed view of animals that ultimately sheds brilliant light on the humans who are doing the constructing.”
"Regarding Animals is a modern classic. The authors’ participation in the many arenas they describe and discuss gives the book an immediacy and depth that opinion surveys of human attitudes to animals lack. The authors provide deep insights..”
"(The) authors broaden their approach to animal studies (sometimes called anthrozoology) by including updated references, in addition to adding chapters not present in their earlier book.... Among the topics discussed: how pet ownership contributes to positive self-identity; the experience of veterinary technicians; and how animal stories 'sell newspapers.'... (T)he editors have admirably extended its range of perspectives to include philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and law. The book sheds light on the perennial paradox of what makes it possible for humans to 'shower animals with affection' but also to maltreat or kill them.... This updated work cites an outstanding range of book and journal references, demonstrating the depth of this newly burgeoning field of study.... Summing Up: Highly recommended."< br/>—Choice
Animals, Culture, and Society, edited by Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders, is concerned with probing the complex and contradictory human-animal relationship through the publication of accessible books that consider the place of animals in our culture, our literature, our society, and our homes.