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Domestic animals have lived with humans for thousands of years and remain essential to the everyday lives of people throughout the world. In this book, Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domestication in a study that blends biological and social anthropology, ethology, and ethnography. She examines the social behavior of humans and animals in a contemporary Mongolian herding society. After living with Mongolian herding families, Dr. Fijn has observed through firsthand experience both sides of the human-animal relationship. Examining their reciprocal social behavior and communication with one another, she demonstrates how herd animals influence Mongolian herders’ lives and how the animals themselves are active partners in the domestication process.Read more
- An in-depth ethnographic account of not only Mongolian herders but this book also includes the lives of their non-human counterparts, Mongolian herd animals, and their co-existence together
- Contains a wealth of original and new ethnography, which is based in Mongolia
- A detailed observational account and interpretation of human-animal relations and social engagement
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"The author contextualises her ethnographic and auto-ethnographic research with reference to ethological studies as much as with anthropological and this approach is more than justified … this book is a significant contribution for those engaged in the study of East and Central Asian cultures, as well as those interested in pastoralists and human-animal relationships more generally."
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- Date Published: April 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107000902
- length: 302 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.61kg
- contains: 52 b/w illus. 11 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Crossing Boundaries: Prologue
2. A Mongolian etho-ethnography
Part II. The Social Herd:
3. Social spheres
4. Names, symbols, colours and breeding
5. Multi-species enculturation
6. Tameness and control
Part III. Living with Herds:
7. In the land of the horse
8. The cycle of life
9. The domestic and the wild
10. The sacred animal
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