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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

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

About the editors

Michał Piotr Pręgowski is Assistant Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a sociologist and a Fulbright alumnus whose research projects include social construction of dogs in the contemporary West, especially their naming and training, as well as social practices of commemorating companion animals. Pręgowski's recent books include Pies też człowiek? Relacje psów i ludzi we współczesnej Polsce (2014), an edited volume on humans and canines in contemporary Poland, as well as Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland (2016).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Companion Animals in Everyday Life
  • Book Subtitle Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures
  • Editors Michał Piotr Pręgowski
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59571-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93396-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59572-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
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“The rising general interest in animal companions and their welfare has been paralleled by the growth of ‘human-animal studies’ in the social sciences and related academic disciplines.  This edited collection is a significant addition to the literature in this substantive area.  The collection offers a broad range of topics—from the resurgence of pet-keeping in Soviet Russia to the popularity of house rabbits—in chapters written by both established authorities and young scholars.  This unique and internationally focused book is a frequently lively collection that will be of great interest both to knowledgeable readers and those who want a varied and readable introduction to human-animal studies.”  (Clinton R. Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Connecticut, USA, and author of “Understanding Dogs: Living and Working with Canine Companions”)

Companion Animals in Everyday Life offers a fascinating overview of contemporary research on human-animal relationships. From the exploding worldwide popularity of rabbits as companion animals to conflicts over dog-eating in China and the impact of the Japanese nuclear plant disaster on human-animal bonds, this is an important book which beautifully captures the intellectual ferment of this new and exciting academic field.”(Hal Herzog, author of “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals”)