Companion Animals in Everyday Life

Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures

  • Michał Piotr Pręgowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Michał Piotr Preȩgowski
    Pages 1-9
  3. Conceptualizing Our Relationships with Animals

  4. Taking the Plunge: Adopting a Companion Animal, Traditional and Otherwise

  5. To Eat or to Love?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Scott Hurley
      Pages 129-144
    3. James A. Serpell, Yuying Hsu
      Pages 145-165
  6. Companion Animals as Political Fallout

  7. The Difference Language Makes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Michał Piotr Preȩgowski
      Pages 235-250
    3. Marie-José Enders-Slegers, Theo Verheggen, Jannes Eshuis
      Pages 251-265
  8. Companion Animals and Leisure

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 299-313

About this book


This book is an interdisciplinary collection shedding light on human-animal relationships and interactions around the world. The book offers a predominantly empirical look at social and cultural practices related to companion animals in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, Japan, China and Taiwan, Vietnam, USA, and Turkey among others. It focuses on how dogs, cats, rabbits and members of other species are perceived and treated in various cultures, highlighting commonalities and differences between them.


Animal studies anthrozoology companion animals human-animal relationships attitudes towards animals dogs in society social construction of companion animals

Editors and affiliations

  • Michał Piotr Pręgowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Warsaw University of TechnologyPoland

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