AU­THOR’S BOOKSHELF

Three books that in­spired John Brad­shaw while writ­ing The An­i­mals Among Us

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The work that de­fined an­thro­zo­ol­ogy be­fore the dis­ci­pline even had a name. It was the first ac­count to at­tempt a bal­anced and dis­pas­sion­ate view of pet-keep­ing, and to em­pha­sise its his­tor­i­cal con­text. A clas­sic. Highly en­ter­tain­ing while at the same time deeply thought-pro­vok­ing, this book tack­les the con­tra­dic­tions im­plicit in our mod­ern re­la­tion­ships with an­i­mals – an­i­mals in our homes, on su­per­mar­ket shelves, in lab­o­ra­to­ries, in blood sports. When did hu­mankind first evolve the abil­ity to imag­ine the thoughts of an­i­mals, and why? Mithen’s lec­ture at the 1998 con­fer­ence of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for An­thro­zo­ol­ogy made me re­alise that there might be an evo­lu­tion­ary ex­pla­na­tion for why we keep pets.

IN THE COM­PANY OF AN­I­MALS BY JAMES SERPELL

SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT BY HAL HER­ZOG

THE PREHISTORY OF THE MIND BY STEVEN MITHEN

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