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Among Animals

Harriet Ritvo

Environment and History 20 (2014): 491-498. doi: 10.3197/096734014X14091313617208

The tendency to see humans as special and separate influences even practices like scientific taxonomy which explicitly place them among other animals. The animal-related scholarship that has emerged throughout the humanities and social sciences often reveals analogous tensions. Animal topics have similarly inspired historians, including environmental historians, but historical perspectives have become somewhat marginalised within the field labeled 'animal studies'.

KEYWORDS: Animals, animal studies, human exceptionalism, anthropomorphism

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