Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations (Routledge Environmental Humanities) (Paperback)

Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations (Routledge Environmental Humanities) By Nancy Cushing (Editor), Jodi Frawley (Editor) Cover Image
By Nancy Cushing (Editor), Jodi Frawley (Editor)
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Whether their populations are perceived as too large, just right, too small or non-existent, animal numbers matter to the humans with whom they share environments. Animals in the right numbers are accepted and even welcomed, but when they are seen to deviate from the human-declared set point, they become either enemies upon whom to declare war or victims to be protected.

In this edited volume, leading and emerging scholars investigate for the first time the ways in which the size of an animal population impacts how they are viewed by humans and, conversely, how human perceptions of populations impact animals.

This collection explores the fortunes of amphibians, mammals, insects and fish whose numbers have created concern in settler Australia and examines shifts in these populations between excess, abundance, equilibrium, scarcity and extinction. The book points to the importance of caution in future campaigns to manipulate animal populations, and demonstrates how approaches from the humanities can be deployed to bring fresh perspectives to understandings of how to live alongside other animals.

About the Author


Nancy Cushing is associate professor in History at the University of Newcastle, Australia. An environmental historian most interested in relations between humans and other animals, she is co-author, with Kevin Markwell, of Snake-bitten, Eric Worrell and the Australian Reptile Park (2010), co-editor of Radical Newcastle (2015) and is writing a history of meat eating in colonial Australia.Jodi Frawley is an honorary research fellow in the Department of History at University of Western Australia, Australia. She is interested in understanding the cultural implications of environmental change in all its guises, from globally mobile biological matter to the ways that race relations impact in the environment. Her current project is a history of fishing in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780367855987
ISBN-10: 0367855984
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 18th, 2019
Pages: 210
Language: English
Series: Routledge Environmental Humanities