By Aubrey Manning, James Serpell
Sleek society is starting to think again its entire dating with animals and the wildlife. till lately matters resembling animal welfare and environmental safety have been thought of the area of small, idealistic minorities. Now, those matters allure great numbers of articulate supporters who jointly workout substantial political muscle. Animals, either wild and family, shape the first concentration of outrage during this frequently acrimonious debate. but why do animals evoke such powerful and contradictory feelings in humans - and do our western attitudes have something in universal with these of different societies and cultures? Bringing jointly more than a few contributions from exceptional specialists within the box, Animals and Society explores the significance of animals in society from social, ancient and cross-cultural views.
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The answer depends on precisely how we understand the nature of this mastery and control, and this, in turn, hinges on the significance we attach to the notion of physical force. Consider the slave-driver, whip in hand, compelling his slaves to toil through the brute infliction of severe pain. Clearly the autonomy of the slave in this situation to act according to his own volition is very seriously curtailed. Does this mean that the slave responds in a purely mechanical way to the stroke of the whip?
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