Metamorphoses of the Zoo

Metamorphoses of the Zoo

Animal Encounter After Noah

Book - 2010
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By focusing on themes such as interspecies ethics and eco-psychological health, this unique collection will interest those in disciplines ranging from ecophilosophy to humanistic psychology to environmental studies."--BOOK JACKET.
""This diverse collection takes reflections on zoos to new and interesting places. It is a welcome contribution to the growing literature on animal studies."---Dale Jamieson, New York University<BR><BR>"Zoos, and the ways in which their nonconsenting, confined residents are kept, raise important questions about how animals should be treated. This impressive collection is a significant contribution to the growing global concern about the well-being of animals in zoos. It deals with many important questions, such as whether zoos should exist at all and what possible educational benefits can be derived from zoos."---Marc Bekoff, author of The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint<BR><BR>Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter after Noah is a volume dedicated to radically transformative approaches to spaces set aside as zoological parks or gardens. Historically, these establishments served as symbols of power and venues for entertainment, but today they have taken to portraying themselves as flagships of environmental education, scientific research, and wildlife conservation. Along with the past century's turn in exhibition design toward increasingly naturalistic architecture, such portrayals have been received by many in an uncritically positive light.<BR><BR>At the same time, it remains clear that zoos are immensely popular attractions, drawing hundreds of millions of visitors globally per year. This level of participation is consistent with the suggestion that humans harbor a strong sense of biophilia, one which moves them to seek out diverse life-forms when their own territories become too biologically homogenous; from such a vantage, it is no accident that zoos are most often situated in urban(izing) areas.<BR><BR>Metamorphoses of the Zoo emphasizes creative and reconstructive analyses of zoos that do not simply advocate marginal reform or quick abolition.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780739134542
Branch Call Number: 590.73/METAMORPHOSES
Characteristics: vii, 271 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Acampora, Ralph R. 1965-


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