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Animals and Human Society in Asia

Historical, Cultural and Ethical Perspectives

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines the diverse roles that beasts, livestock, and fish have played in Asian history, society, and culture

  • Provides a crucial Asian perspective on human interactions with the environment

  • Interdisciplinary in approach, drawing from archaeology, history, anthropology, religion, literature and cultural studies

Part of the book series: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series (PMAES)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Animals and Human Society in Asia: An Overview and Premises

    • Rotem Kowner, Guy Bar-Oz, Michal Biran, Meir Shahar, Gideon Shelach-Lavi
    Pages 1-29
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 421-433

About this book

"Animal studies is a vibrant field that renews humanities by breaking many barriers. This intense and beautiful volume exemplifies such breaking and renewing, as it connects Far-eastern and Near-eastern areas and the steppe world in between, and develops an engaged dialogue between archeology, history, religion, visual studies, economics, law, and more."

—Vincent Goossaert, professor of Daoism and Chinese religions, EPHE, PSL, Paris


This edited collection offers a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of human-animal interactions in Asia throughout history. With twelve thematically-arranged chapters, this book examines the diverse roles that beasts, livestock, and fish — real and metaphorical– have played in Asian history, society, and culture.

Ranging from prehistory to the present day, the authors address a wealth of topics including the domestication of animals, dietary practices and sacrifice, hunting, the use of animals in war, and the representation of animals in literature and art.

Providing a unique perspective on human interaction with the environment, the volume is cross-disciplinary in its reach, offering enriching insights to the fields of animal ethics, Asian studies, world history and more.


Keywords

  • animals
  • asia
  • history
  • society
  • culture

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Asian Studies, The University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

    Rotem Kowner

  • Zinman Institute of Archaeology, The University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

    Guy Bar-Oz

  • Institute of Asian and African Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

    Michal Biran

  • Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Meir Shahar

  • Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

    Gideon Shelach-Lavi

About the editors

Rotem Kowner is Professor of Japanese History and the director of the liberal arts program at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Guy Bar-Oz is Professor of Archaeology and founder of the Laboratory of Archaeozoology at the  Zinman Institute of Archaeology, the University of Haifa, Israel.

Michal Biran is the Max and Sophie Mydans Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and a member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities.

Meir Shahar is a Professor of Chinese studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Gideon Shelach-Lavi is the Louis Freiberg Professor of East Asian Studies and the director of the Institute of Asian and African studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


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eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-24363-0
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)