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Forthcoming Encyclopedia by Coordinates Staff Members

We are pleased to announce that the first-ever one volume encyclopedia about human-animal relations for a general audience will be published in October of 2016 by ABC-CLIO Press. It is co-edited by staff members Julie Urbanik and Connie L. Johnston.

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. The co-editors introduce the concept of animal geography, present different aspects of human-animal relationships worldwide, and highlight the importance of examining these interconnections. 150 alphabetical entries illustrate key relationships, concepts, practices, and animal species, while supporting activities cover such topics as Japan's depleting fisheries, the melting of Arctic sea ice, and invasive species. The book concludes with a comprehensive appendix of select excerpts from key primary source documents relating to animals and a glossary.


  • Five critical thinking activities to foster learning

  • 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

  • Features cross-disciplinary perspectives from science to culture to philosophy in order to examine specific species and geographic locations

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