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Feared, reviled and revered, the wolf has always evoked powerful emotions in humans. It has been admired as a powerful hunter. This title explores the ways in which indigenous hunting societies respected the wolf as a fellow hunter and how, with the domestication of animals, the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781861898791
Published 1 December 2011 by Reaktion Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Marvin, Gary
Series Animal Series
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ISBN-13 9781861898791
ISBN-10 1861898797
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Reaktion Books
Imprint Reaktion Books
Publication Date 1 December 2011
International Publication Date 15 March 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Marvin, Gary
Series Animal Series
Category Animals & Society
Wild Animals
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 190mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 340g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Human-animal relationships, Wolves, Human-wolf encounters, Animals in motion pictures, Animals and civilization
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 599.773
Catalogue Code 230580

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Feared, reviled and revered, the wolf has always evoked powerful emotions in humans. It has been admired as a powerful hunter; feared for the threat it is imagined to pose to humans; reviled for its depredations on domestic livestock and revered as a potent symbol of the wild. Wolf explores the ways in which indigenous hunting societies respected the wolf as a fellow hunter and how, with the domestication of animals, the wolf became regarded as an enemy because of attacks on livestock. Such attacks led to the wolf's reputation as a creature of evil in many human cultures. Alone or in packs, farmers hated wolves. In children's and other popular literature, they became the intruder from the wild preying on the innocent. So powerful is the image of the wolf in the human imagination that it became the creature that evil humans can transform into - the dreaded werewolf. Garry Marvin shows how the ways in which wolves are imagined has had far-reaching implications for how actual wolves are treated. Fear of this enigmatic creature eventually led to an attempt to eradicate it as a species. However, with the development of scientific understanding of wolves and their place in ecological systems and the growth of popular environmentalism, the wolf has been re-thought and re-imagined. Still hated by some, the wolf now has new supporters who regard it as a charismatic creature of the newly valued wild and wilderness. This book investigates the latest scientific understanding of the wolf, as well as its place in literature, history and folklore, and synthesises a huge range of material to offer insights into our changing attitudes to wolves.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Garry Marvin is Professor of Human-Animal Studies in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton, London. He has published widely in the field of animal studies and is one of the founding editors of the journal Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing.

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