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The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Implications

by Aaron S. Gross Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Through an absorbing investigation into recent, high-profile scandals involving one of the largest kosher slaughterhouses in the world, located unexpectedly in Postville, Iowa, Aaron S. Gross makes a powerful...


Interspecies Ethics

by Cynthia Willett Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Interspecies Ethics explores animals’ vast capacity for agency, justice, solidarity, humor, and communication across species. The social bonds diverse animals form provide a remarkable model for communitarian...


Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

by Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (April 16, 2013)

While postmodern approaches to politics and ethics have offered some intriguing and influential insights in philosophy and theory, Gary Steiner illuminates the fundamental inability of these approaches to arrive...


Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands

by William Balee & Clark L. Erickson Columbia University Press (June 22, 2006)

This collection of studies by anthropologists, botanists, ecologists, and biologists is an important contribution to the emerging field of historical ecology. The book combines cutting-edge research with new...


Working Forests in the Neotropics: Conservation through Sustainable Management?

by Daniel J. Zarin, Janaki R. R. Alavalapati, Frances E. Putz & Marianne Schmink Columbia University Press (December 29, 2004)

-- Thomas Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment


The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet

by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, Marcel Dicke & Françoise Takken-Kaminker et al. Columbia University Press (March 04, 2014)

The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part...


Social-Ecological Resilience and Law

by Ahjond S. Garmestani & Craig R. Allen Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, or a “balance of nature,” reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations...


Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

by Gary L. Francione & Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (June 05, 2008)

A prominent and respected philosopher of animal rights law and ethical theory, Gary L. Francione is known for his criticism of animal welfare laws and regulations, his abolitionist theory of animal rights, and...


Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

by Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (September 15, 2008)

Gary Steiner argues that ethologists and philosophers in the analytic and continental traditions have largely failed to advance an adequate explanation of animal behavior. Critically engaging the positions of...


Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics

by Anna Peterson Columbia University Press (May 21, 2013)

If nature is what lies beyond human society, then animals must be a part of it. For most people, animals are the most significant aspects of the nonhuman world. They symbolize nature in our imaginations, in...


Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

by Colleen Glenney Boggs Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century...


Nature in Fragments: The Legacy of Sprawl

by Elizabeth A. Johnson & Michael W. Klemens Columbia University Press (October 05, 2005)

This new collection focuses on the impact of sprawl on biodiversity and the measures that can be taken to alleviate it. Leading biological and social scientists, conservationists, and land-use professionals...


Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Human-Animal Encounters

by Julie A. Smith & Robert W. Mitchell Columbia University Press (November 27, 2012)

In these multidisciplinary essays, academic scholars and animal experts explore the nature of animal minds and the methods humans conventionally and unconventionally use to understand them. The collection features...


Indians, Markets, and Rainforests: Theoretical, Comparative, and Quantitative Explorations in the Neotropics

by Ricardo Godoy Columbia University Press (August 01, 2001)

This book addresses two important and related questions: does participation in a market economy help or hurt indigenous peoples and how does it affect the conservation of tropical rainforest flora and fauna?...


Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

by Nicholas K. Menzies Columbia University Press (May 15, 2007)

Community-based forest management (CBFM) is a model of forest management in which a community takes part in decision making and implementation, and monitoring of activities affecting the natural resources around...


People, Plants, and Justice: The Politics of Nature Conservation

by Charles Zerner Columbia University Press (July 18, 2000)

In an era of market triumphalism, this book probes the social and environmental consequences of market-linked nature conservation schemes. Rather than supporting a new anti-market orthodoxy, Charles Zerner and...


Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbances: Concepts and Applications

by Ajith H. Perera, Lisa J. Buse & Michael G. Weber Columbia University Press (January 11, 2008)

What is a natural forest disturbance? How well do we understand natural forest disturbances and how might we emulate them in forest management? What role does emulation play in forest management? Representing...


Animal Rights Without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations

by Alasdair Cochrane Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Alasdair Cochrane provides an entirely new theory of animal rights grounded in their interests as sentient beings. He applies this theory to a whole range of different and under-explored policy areas, such as...


Trading the Genome: Investigating the Commodification of Bio-Information

by Bronwyn Parry Columbia University Press (September 29, 2004)

In a groundbreaking work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business and law, Parry links firsthand knowledge of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to a sophisticated analysis of broader...


Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

by Margo DeMello Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Human–animal studies explores human–animal relations and the place of animals within human social and cultural worlds. Considering that much of human society is structured through its interaction with non-human...


People in Nature: Wildlife Conservation in South and Central America

by Kirsten M. Silvius, Richard E. Bodmer & Jose M. V. Fragoso Columbia University Press (December 14, 2004)

This book reviews wildlife management and conservation in Central and South America. The book discusses the threats to biodiversity in this area including habitat fragmentation, development, ranching, tourism...


Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation

by Anthony B. Anderson & Clinton N. Jenkins Columbia University Press (January 11, 2006)

The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations throughout the world. To address this problem, conservationists have increasingly turned to biological...


Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy, and Decision Making

by Ronald Brunner, Toddi A. Steelman, Lindy Coe-Juell & Christina M. Cromley et al. Columbia University Press (August 10, 2005)

Drawing on five detailed case studies from the American West, the authors explore and clarify how to expedite a transition toward adaptive governance and break the gridlock in natural resource policymaking....


Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies

by Anne Vallely, Aaron S. Gross, Jonathan Safran Foer & Wendy Doniger Columbia University Press (April 24, 2012)

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals’ significance...


Imperfect Balance: Landscape Transformations in the Pre-Columbian Americas

by David L. Lentz Columbia University Press (September 26, 2000)

We often envision the New World before the arrival of the Europeans as a land of pristine natural beauty and undisturbed environments. However, David Lentz offers an alternative view by detailing the impact...


Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

by Marianne DeKoven & Michael Lundblad Columbia University Press (December 20, 2011)

The question of the animal has preoccupied an increasing number of humanities, science, and social science scholars in recent years, and important work continues to expand the burgeoning field of animal studies....


The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue

by Cary Wolfe, Paola Cavalieri, Matthew Calarco & Harlan B. Miller et al. Columbia University Press (February 11, 2009)

While moral perfectionists rank conscious beings according to their cognitive abilities, Paola Cavalieri launches a more inclusive defense of all forms of subjectivity. In concert with Peter Singer, J. M. Coetzee,...


Food of Sinful Demons

by Geoffrey Barstow Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best, and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious...


Speculative Taxidermy

by Giovanni Aloi Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Taxidermy, once the province of natural history and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelike realism, has recently resurfaced in the world of contemporary art,culture, and interior design. In Speculative Taxidermy,...


Extinction Studies

by Matthew Chrulew, Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren & Cary Wolfe Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

Extinction Studies asks what extinction means to diverse global communities. Essays focus on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which this event catastrophically...


Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film

by Anat Pick Columbia University Press (April 07, 2011)

Simone Weil once wrote that "the vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence." With these words, she established a relationship among vulnerability, beauty, and...


Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

by D. I. Jarvis, Christine Padoch & H. D. Cooper Columbia University Press (May 29, 2007)

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes the most recent research...


Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals

by Nathan H. Lents Columbia University Press (May 17, 2016)

Animals fall in love, establish rules for fair play, exchange valued goods and services, hold “funerals” for fallen comrades, deploy sex as a weapon, and communicate with one another using rich vocabularies....


With Dogs at the Edge of Life

by Colin Dayan Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

In this original and provocative book, Colin Dayan tackles head-on the inexhaustible world, at once tender and fierce, of dogs and humans. We follow the tracks of dogs in the bayous of Louisiana, the streets...


The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros

by Eric Dinerstein & George B. Schaller Columbia University Press (June 25, 2003)

Since 1984, Eric Dinerstein has led the team directly responsible for the recovery of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, where the population had once declined to...


Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with the Animal Doctors

by Phillip T. Robinson Columbia University Press (September 08, 2004)

Please Do Not Annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize or ruffle the Animals.—sign at zoo

Since the...


The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower

by Robert Wyss Columbia University Press (June 07, 2016)

David Brower (1912–2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. In many ways he was...


Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence

by Timothy Morton Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this Oedipal path in Blade Runner...


Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights

by Sherry F. Colb & Michael C. Dorf Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

How can someone who condemns hunting, animal farming, and animal experimentation also favor legal abortion, the deliberate destruction of a human fetus? The authors of Beating Hearts aim to reconcile this apparent...


Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future

by Jeffrey T. Kiehl Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed psychotherapist,...


Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents

by Jonathan K. Crane Columbia University Press (December 01, 2015)

We have come to regard nonhuman animals as beings of concern, and we even grant them some legal protections. But until we understand animals as moral agents in and of themselves, they will be nothing more than...


Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene: An Emerging Paradigm

by Peter G. Brown & Peter Timmerman Columbia University Press (September 01, 2015)

Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene provides an urgently needed alternative to the long-dominant neoclassical economic paradigm of the free market, which has focused myopically—even fatally—on the boundless...