Message no. 442[Branch from no. 424] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Dawn, I really enjoyed this relational summary -- it was probing and deep and reflective and provocative. Good job, and you provided many useful and interesting links. Your discourse did something I have seen others of you do before and which I encourage -- THE USE OF "POLITICAL ECOLOGY" where you identify how power politics affect our environment and behavior (the exploitation of non-humans and of women for example!). Good stuff! One could feel the passion in your writing.
Your summary made me think of a book I read last year by one of my mother's Ph.D. advisors at
His book "Hunters, Herder's and Hamburgers" traces the history of our relationship with non-humans. It is a great read. I highly recommend it!
"Why is American culture so saturated with images of sex, gore, and violence? If you think you know the answer, think again: Richard Bulliet has an explanation that will astonish and enthrall you. Informed by an impressive knowledge of many cultures, imaginatively daring, and original, his book carries the reader through an account of the human relation to animals over thousands of years of history. A remarkable, eye-opening achievement." —William Leach,
"Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers is a brilliant exposition of human-animal relationships through time and across different cultures. It is necessary reading for anyone who seeks understanding of the origins of the current, confusing array of attitudes and ethical approaches to animals, from pragmatic uses to animal liberation movements. Bulliett has identified the emergence of a major shift in human identity relative to other creatures and employs his broad knowledge of the past to speculate far into the future of the human-non-human relationship. " —Mary C. Pearl, president, Wildlife Trust