American zoo is a groundbreaking account of the elaborate cultural work we humans do to produce nature in the modern world david grazian spent years inside the cage handling snakes and tarantulas feeding monkeys and alligators and making sharp observations about the wild ways we tame the environment to suit our needs. A valid e mail address all e mails from the system will be sent to this address the e mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e mail . In american zoo sociologist david grazian takes us on a safari through the contemporary zoo alive with its many contradictions and st orangutans swing from kevlar lined fire hoses giraffes feast on celebratory birthday cakes topped with carrots instead of candles. The world of the zoo reflects how we project our own prejudices and desires onto the animal kingdom and invest nature with meaning and sentiment a revealing portrayal of comic animals delighted children and feisty zookeepers american zoo is a remarkable close up exploration of a classic cultural attraction. In his new book american zoo a sociological safariprinceton 2015 ethnographer david grazian tracks the competing missions of zoos as site of education entertainment philanthropy and work grazian coins the term nature making to describe the process through which people assert and police an imagined division between nature and culture
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