Humans and Animals
A Geography of Coexistence
by Julie Urbanik and Connie L. Johnston, Editors
January 2017, 466pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3834-7
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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The lives of humans and animals have always been deeply intertwined.

An engaging and at times sobering look at the coexistence of humans and animals in the 21st century and how their sometimes disparate needs affect environments, politics, economies, and culture worldwide.

There is an urgent need to understand human-animal interactions and relations as we become increasingly aware of our devastating impact on the natural resources needed for the survival of all animal species. This timely reference explores such topics as climate change and biodiversity, the impact of animal domestication and industrial farming on local and global ecosystems, and the impact of human consumption of wild species for food, entertainment, medicine, and social status. This volume also explores the role of pets in our lives, advocacy movements on behalf of animals, and the role of animals in art and media culture.

Authors Julie Urbanik and Connie L. Johnston introduce the concept of animal geography, present different aspects of human-animal relationships worldwide, and highlight the importance of examining these interconnections. Alphabetical entries illustrate key relationships, concepts, practices, and animal species. The book concludes with a comprehensive appendix of select excerpts from key primary source documents relating to animals and a glossary.


  • Includes excerpts from 20 primary source documents related to animals
  • Offers a comprehensive look at a variety of aspects of human-animal relationships
  • Discusses how human actions affect the survival of other species, such as the northern spotted owl and bluefin tuna
Julie Urbanik, PhD, is an independent scholar, creative geographer, and cofounder of the animal geography specialty group of the Association of American Geographers. In addition to publishing articles, book chapters, and book reviews related to animals and geography, she is the author of Placing Animals: An Introduction to the Geography of Human-Animal Relations, which was deemed an essential geography title for 2013 by Choice Library Journal. Urbanik also produced the first animal geography-based documentary Kansas City: An American Zoöpolis. She holds a master's degree in gender studies from The University of Arizona and a doctorate in geography from Clark University.

Connie L. Johnston, PhD, is an adjunct professor with the DePaul University Department of Geography. Prior to this, she spent a year as a fellow with the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Harvard University. She has published a number of journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews on the topic of human-animal relations and was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her research on the geography of farmed animal welfare in the United States and Europe. She earned her master's degree from Duke University and her doctorate from Clark University.


"The 'Primary Documents' section includes international laws, books, and documents on the legal and moral treatment of animals and provides a fascinating and comprehensive look into the work being done in the area of animal rights. The inclusion of background material on laws and ethics offers more depth, and readers will find the extensive bibliography an ideal jumping-off point for further research. VERDICT Useful to high schoolers for reports and projects and of interest to adults for general reading."—Library Journal, May 9, 2017
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