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Dominance and affection : the making of pets.

Tuan, Yi-Fu.

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ISBN 10: 0300032226 / ISBN 13: 9780300032222
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1984. Hardcover. Dustjacket. x,193 pp. Condition : fine. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 0300032226[KEYWORDS: PSYCHOLOGY*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 260203

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Is it cruelty or playfulness to breed a variety of goldfish with dysfunctional bulging eyes?  Was it an urge for dominance or benevolence that led ladies of eighteenth-century England to keep finely dressed black boys as their pets?  Can we be said to abuse a plant when part of our pleasure lies in twisting its stem into the shape of an animal?


This is a provocative book about the psychological impulse to make pets” to tame and control inanimate nature, animals, and other humans.  Yi-Fu Tuan has amassed a wealth of evidence to show that the human urge for domination even in the cultural and aesthetic realm has exhibited itself repeatedly through the ages.  He contends that we fail to understand the true nature of pleasure, play, and art unless we put power as well as affection somewhere close to its center.


When we view the beauty of a man-made landscape, we tend to forget that it was often initiated as an exercise in power; in the case of Louis XIV’s Versailles, for example, 30,000 soldiers had to labor day and night to bring water to the arid palace grounds.  In the same way, the creation of topiary art and bonsai can be viewed in a dual light: as a playful, pleasurable activity or as a deliberate reminder of our ability to command and impose.  Our relationship with animals is another vivid example of our inclination to control.  Tuan contends that cruelty to animals is extremely widespread: breeding animals for aesthetic purpose and training them to perform are not only favored hobbies but examples of delight in willful manipulation. 


The abuse of power is also seen in the treatment of those human members of a household who become patronized as pets.  Children, women, servants, and entertainers have been at different times both highly valued and severely controlled trained to approach the obedience of inanimate matter or mechanical toys.


Dominance and Affection is likely to change the way we look at ourselves and our pets.”  If it is sobering in the questions it raises about human nature, it is also irresistible in the nature of the varied and fascinating material it lays before the reader.

About the Author:

YI-FU TUAN is among the most decorated geographers of all time. A Fellow of both the American Academy and British Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2012 he received the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize, the highest award given in the field of geography and modeled after the Nobel Prize. For many years he taught at the University of Minnesota, and, from 1984 until his 'official' retirement in 1998, he held two endowed chairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving as the John K. Wright Professor of Geography and the Vilas Research Professor of Geography. Professor Tuan has written twenty-two acclaimed and influential books since 1968, most recently "Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, Humanist Geography: An Individual's Search for Meaning", and, with Martha A. Strawn, "Religion: From Place to Placelessness". Awards for Professor Yi-Fu Tuan: Award for Meritorious Contribution to the Association of American Geographers, Bracken Award in Landscape Architecture, Bush Sabbatical Fellow, Cullum Geographical Medal of the American Geographical Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the British Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar, John K. Wright Endowed Professor of Geography, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Journal of Geography Award from the National Council for Geographic Education, Laureat d'Honneur of the International Geographical Union, Phi Beta Kappa/Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar, Rowman and Littlefield Author Laureate, Stanley Brunn Award in Creativity from the Association of American Geographers, Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize (the 'Nobel Prize' in geography), Vilas Research Endowed Professor of Geography

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