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Chicken

Chicken
   

Introduces us to the surprisingly complex world of the chicken, tracing the evolution of jungle fowl and the domestication of chickens by humans. This title describes the ways in which chickens experience the world, form families and friendships, communicate with each other, and ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781861898586
Published 1 January 2012 by Reaktion Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Potts, Annie
Series Animal Series
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ISBN-13 9781861898586
ISBN-10 1861898584
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Reaktion Books
Imprint Reaktion Books
Publication Date 1 January 2012
International Publication Date 15 January 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Potts, Annie
Series Animal Series
Category Animals & Society
Birds & Birdwatching
Farm & Working Animals
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 190mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 372g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Human-animal relationships, Chickens, Eggs, Chickens - Social aspects, Chickens in art
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 636.5
Catalogue Code 233982

Description of this Book

No creature has been subject to such extremes of reverence and exploitation as the chicken - hens have been venerated as cosmic creators and roosters as solar divinities, and for many cultures the mysteries of birth, healing, death and resurrection are encapsulated in the hen's egg. Yet today, most of us have nothing to do with chickens as living beings, although billions are consumed around the world every year. Chicken introduces us to the surprisingly complex world of the chicken, tracing the evolution of jungle fowl and the domestication of chickens by humans. Annie Potts describes the ways in which chickens experience the world, form families and friendships, communicate with each other, and play, bond and grieve. The author also explores practices such as egg-rolling, the cockfight, wishbone-pulling and chicken-swinging rituals; and also provides a bestiary of bizarre supernatural chickens from around the world. Chicken meditates on the place of chickens in the world today, and includes a tribute to those who educate and advocate on behalf of these birds. Numerous beautiful illustrations include chickens painted by Picasso and Chagall, chickens made of hair-rollers and chickens shaped like mountains. The reader of Chicken will encounter a multitude of intriguing facts and ideas, including why the largest predator ever to walk the earth is considered the ancestor of the modern chicken, how mother hens communicate with their chicks while they're still in the egg, whether it's safe to take eggs on a sea-voyage, and how 'chicken therapy' can rejuvenate us all. This book will fascinate those already familiar with and devoted to the Gallus species, and it will open up a whole new world for admirers of this intelligent and passionate bird.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'In this brilliant book, Potts challenges us to see chickens as creatures who think and feel in complex ways all of their own ... This series notably mixes historical and cross-cultural research with gorgeous illustrations; Chicken is no exception.' - TLS 'This tasty book also chases the chicken through literature, film, painting (Magritte's hilariously sad chicken staring at an egg in an eggcup) and national symbolism (especially French). Potts notices, too, the emerging trend of heroic chickens and even the avenging chicken , probably a reaction to increasing popular intolerance of battery farming.' - The Guardian 'Given these insights into their lives, we must hope that chickens will eventually earn the respect and understanding they deserve and that the vast majority will be treated much more humanely than they are today. In this excellent book, Annie Potts makes an eloquent and impassioned plea for the chicken that should help us to redress the balance.' - International Vegetarian Union online
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Annie Potts is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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