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Wildlife In The Anthropocene

Author : Jamie Lorimer
ISBN : 9781452944296
Genre : Science
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Elephants rarely breed in captivity and are not considered domesticated, yet they interact with people regularly and adapt to various environments. Too social and sagacious to be objects, too strange to be human, too captive to truly be wild, but too wild to be domesticated—where do elephants fall in our understanding of nature? In Wildlife in the Anthropocene, Jamie Lorimer argues that the idea of nature as a pure and timeless place characterized by the absence of humans has come to an end. But life goes on. Wildlife inhabits everywhere and is on the move; Lorimer proposes the concept of wildlife as a replacement for nature. Offering a thorough appraisal of the Anthropocene—an era in which human actions affect and influence all life and all systems on our planet— Lorimer unpacks its implications for changing definitions of nature and the politics of wildlife conservation. Wildlife in the Anthropocene examines rewilding, the impacts of wildlife films, human relationships with charismatic species, and urban wildlife. Analyzing scientific papers, policy documents, and popular media, as well as a decade of fieldwork, Lorimer explores the new interconnections between science, politics, and neoliberal capitalism that the Anthropocene demands of wildlife conservation. Imagining conservation in a world where humans are geological actors entangled within and responsible for powerful, unstable, and unpredictable planetary forces, this work nurtures a future environmentalism that is more hopeful and democratic.
Category: Science

Animals In The Anthropocene

Author : Edited by the Human Animal Research Network Editorial Collective
ISBN : 9781743324394
Genre : Nature
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Much of the discussion on the Anthropocene has centred upon anthropogenic global warming and climate change and the urgency of political and social responses to this problem. Animals in the Anthropocene: critical perspectives on non-human futures shows that assessing the effects of human activity on the planet requires more than just the quantification of ecological impacts towards the categorisation of geological eras. It requires recognising and evaluating a wide range of territories and terrains, full of non-human agents and interests and meanings, exposed to the profound forces of change that give their name to the Anthropocene. It is from the perspective of ‘the animal question’ – asking how best to think and live with animals – that Animals in the Anthropocene seeks to interrogate the Anthropocene as a concept, discourse, and state of affairs. The term Anthropocene is a useful device for drawing attention to the devastations wreaked by anthropocentrism and advancing a relational model for human and non-human life. The effects on animals of human political and economic systems continue to expand and intensify, in numerous domains and in ways that not only cause suffering and loss but that also produce new forms of life and alter the very nature of species. As anthropogenic change affects the more-than-human world in innumerable ways, we must accept responsibility for the damage we have caused, and the debt we owe to non-human species.
Category: Nature

Thinking About Animals In The Age Of The Anthropocene

Author : Morten Tønnessen
ISBN : 9781498527972
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene makes connections between the Anthropocene discourse and human-animal studies, thus facilitating further interdisciplinary work on the topic of animals in the Anthropocene.
Category: Literary Criticism

Animal Ethics In The Age Of Humans

Author : Bernice Bovenkerk
ISBN : 9783319442068
Genre : Philosophy
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This book provides reflection on the increasingly blurry boundaries that characterize the human-animal relationship. In the Anthropocene humans and animals have come closer together and this asks for rethinking old divisions. Firstly, new scientific insights and technological advances lead to a blurring of the boundaries between animals and humans. Secondly, our increasing influence on nature leads to a rethinking of the old distinction between individual animal ethics and collectivist environmental ethics. Thirdly, ongoing urbanization and destruction of animal habitats leads to a blurring between the categories of wild and domesticated animals. Finally, globalization and global climate change have led to the fragmentation of natural habitats, blurring the old distinction between in situ and ex situ conservation. In this book, researchers at the cutting edge of their fields systematically examine the broad field of human-animal relations, dealing with wild, liminal, and domestic animals, with conservation, and zoos, and with technologies such as biomimicry. This book is timely in that it explores the new directions in which our thinking about the human-animal relationship are developing. While the target audience primarily consists of animal studies scholars, coming from a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, sociology, psychology, ethology, literature, and film studies, many of the topics that are discussed have relevance beyond a purely theoretical one; as such the book also aims to inspire for example biologists, conservationists, and zoo keepers to reflect on their relationship with animals.
Category: Philosophy

Mark Twain The World And Me

Author : Susan K. Harris
ISBN : 9780817359676
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American literary studies Susan K. Harris retraced the journey of the literary icon as he made his way around the British Empire on his infamous 1895-1896 lecture tour. Part biography, part literary criticism, and part travel memoir, Harris' study offers a unique take on one of America's most widely studied writers while attempting to situate Mark Twain's social commentary within a contemporary worldview. As Harris makes her way through Australia, India, and South Africa-seeing for herself the people and places Twain experienced-she also undertakes a journey of self-exploration and what her relationship with Mark Twain means. After his disastrous investment in the Paige Compositor typesetting machine, Mark Twain found himself bankrupt. Determined to repay his debts, he undertook a thirteen-month lecture tour around the British Empire-visiting Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, Mauritius, and South Africa. After the tour, Twain published Following the Equator, a travelogue in which he recorded his observations and social commentary on the places he visited. Although Twain was generally known to criticize racism, bigotry, and imperialism, his financial situation meant he was willing to write to his audience's expectations in order to sell more books. This lead to the imbuement of Following the Equator with the racial and cultural biases of the era. Following the Equator went on to be a success, virtually propelling him out of debt, but now contemporary scholars and readers are left to make sense of Twain's often inconsistent observations, to figure out how to situate Twain's legacy in a new era. 'Mark Twain, the World, and Me' aims to do just that. More than 100 years after Twain's journey, Susan K. Harris follows him through Australia, India, and South America, tracing the themes and issues present in Following the Equator, addressing them head on, and using them as an occasion for comparing his era to our own. Her account covers a variety of topics, such as the conundrum that Hinduism presented to Protestant Americans of the 19th century, the clash of civilizations between Australian Aborigines and white settlers, the environmental devastation brought on by settler eradication policies, and more"--
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Conserving Africa S Mega Diversity In The Anthropocene

Author : Joris P. G. M. Cromsigt
ISBN : 9781107031760
Genre : Business & Economics
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Centring on South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, this book synthesizes a century of insights from the ecology and conservation management of one of Africa's oldest protected wildlife areas. The park provides important lessons for conservation management, as it has maintained conservation values rivalling those of much larger parks sometimes through, and sometimes despite, strong management interventions, including the rescue of the white rhino from extinction. In addition, the book highlights the ecological science produced in the park, much of which has become widely influential, including the megaherbivore concept, new functional approaches to understanding biomes, and new understandings about the role of consumers in shaping ecosystems. The volume is ideal for researchers and policymakers interested in the conservation of relatively small, isolated and protected areas.
Category: Business & Economics

Global Exposition Of Wildlife Management

Author : Gbolagade Akeem Lameed
ISBN : 9789535130253
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The book, Global Exposition of Wildlife Management, covers five research topics connected to wildlife management. From conservation and domestication of species from the wild, the socioeconomic importance of wildlife to Tuberculosis within wildlife species as an emerging health threat for both wildlife and humans. Topics presented also discuss bush-meat utilization and its impact on biodiversity conservation, community forestry management and its role in biodiversity conservation, food and feeding ecology, urban forestry, and integrated island management for ecologically sensitive areas. This book also presents wildlife conservation research using a public aquarium as a case study. Each chapter gives special reference to the prevailing problems in wildlife conservation and hopes to provide possible solutions.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Protecting The Wild

Author : George Wuerthner
ISBN : 9781610915489
Genre : Nature
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Published in association with Foundation for Deep Ecology, San Francisco, CA.
Category: Nature

Primate Research And Conservation In The Anthropocene

Author : Alison M. Behie
ISBN : 9781107157484
Genre : Nature
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Combining personal stories of motivation with new research this book offers a holistic picture of primate conservation in the Anthropocene.
Category: Nature

The Nature Of Celebrity And The Celebrity Of Nature

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When discussing the Anthropocene, conservation practitioners usually focus on issues of species adapting to man-made changes in the physical environment. But they should also consider the challenges for species to adapt to the changing digital media environment in which our cultural discourse about wildlife takes place. For many animals, being noticed by society enough to be included in our media narratives may make the difference between survival and extinction. But media discourse, both in general and in the case of wildlife, increasingly is driven by the phenomenon of celebrity, with certain animals being commodified into branded characters and narrative shorthand, much like movie stars or athletes. So understanding the place of animals in media demands a greater understanding of the workings of celebrity. Animal media celebrity can be beneficial, as it harnesses anthropomorphism of animals into the "para-social relationships" of celebrity - asymmetrical relationships of interest and concern that reinforce societal bonds and encourage the extension of ethical regard to a broader community. But animal celebrity can also be problematic, as only a small group of animals have achieved this status in the media and it can be difficult for non-celebrity endangered species to garner attention. Moreover, it can be difficult for conservation practitioners to encourage public interest in celebrity species for the sake of conservation. Even as they create new individual animal stars, conservation groups face the challenge of keeping these celebrities adapted to the proliferation of new media forms and outlets - each with its own narrative and graphic norms and conventions. And even among celebrity species, certain animals simply will be more digitally adapted than others to newer media formats. This dissertation explores the phenomenon of digital adaptation and animal celebrity. Using three case studies - elephants, penguins, and wolves - it consider how conservation groups try to produce individual animal celebrity characters; how the public (especially wildlife tourists) consumes and re-produces these celebrity animal narratives; and how animal celebrity narratives are contested and change over time. It also considers the long-term implications of media and celebrity on wildlife survival and conservation.