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Social Creatures
A Human and Animal Studies Reader
Clifton R. Flynn, PhD
ISBN: 9781590561232
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
6.125 x 9.25
480 pages
June 15, 2008


Other-than-human animals are an overwhelming presence in our collective and individual lives and, at the same time, are taken for granted by human animals. Sociologists have neglected the study of human-animal interaction and the role of animals in society. This is true, despite the fact that animals are an integral part of our lives: in our language, food, families, economy, education, science, and recreation. In more than thirty essays, Social Creatures examines the role of animals in human society. Collected from a wide range of periodicals and books, these important works of scholarship examine such issues as how animal shelter workers view the pets in their care, why some people hoard animals, animals and women who experience domestic abuse, philosophical and feminist analyses of our moral obligations toward animals, and many other topics. Social Creatures includes work by Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Carol J. Adams, Josephine Donovan, Barbara Noske, Arnold Arluke, Ken Shapiro, and many leading scholars, anthropologists, and psychologists. The book also comes with an extensive bibliography of hundreds of articles and books.

Clifton P. Flynn is provost, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been at USC Upstate since 1988. He has also served as chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies (2008–2013), as well as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs (2013–2015).
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