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Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers
Author: Richard W. Bulliet

ISBN: 9780231130776
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 4 August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6
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Richard W. Bulliet has long been a leading figure in the study of human-animal relations, and in his newest work, "Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers," he offers a sweeping and engaging perspective on this dynamic relationship from prehistory to the present. By considering the shifting roles of donkeys, camels, cows, and other domesticated animals in human society, as well as their place in the social imagination, Bulliet reveals the different ways various cultures have reinforced, symbolized, and rationalized their relations with animals.

Bulliet identifies and explores four stages in the history of the human-animal relationship-separation, predomesticity, domesticity, and postdomesticity. He begins with the question of when and why humans began to consider themselves distinct from other species and continues with a fresh look at how a few species became domesticated. He demonstrates that during the domestic era many species fell from being admired and even worshipped to being little more than raw materials for various animal-product industries. Throughout the work, Bulliet discusses how social and technological developments and ch...

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