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Despite hundreds of millions of visitors each year, zoos have remained outside of the realm of philosophical analysis. This lack of theoretical examination is interesting considering the paradoxical position within which a zoo is situated, being a space of animal confinement as well as a site that provides valuable tools for species conservation, public education, and entertainment. Why Do We Go to the Zoo? argues that the zoo is a legitimate space of academic inquiry. The modes of communication taking place at the zoo that keep drawing us back time and time again beg for a careful investigation. In this book, the meaning of the zoo as communicative space is explored.This book relies on the phenomenological method from Edmund Husserl and a rhetorical approach to examine the interaction between people and animals in the zoo space. Phenomenology, the philosophy of examining the engaged everyday lived experience, is a natural method to use in the project. Despite its rich history and tradition it is interesting that there are very few books explaining “how to do” phenomenology. Why Do We Go to the Zoo? provides a detailed account of how to actually conduct a phenomenological analysis.The author spent thousands of hours in zoos watching people and animals interact as well as talking with people both formally and informally. This book asks readers to bracket their preconceptions of what goes on in the zoo and, instead, to explore the meaning of powerful zoo experiences while reminding us of the troubled history of zoos.

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9781611476453 | Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr, December 5, 2013, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: Despite hundreds of millions of visitors each year, zoos have remained outside of the realm of philosophical analysis.

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9781611478709 | Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr, October 19, 2015, cover price $39.99

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By Warwick Frost (editor)

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9781845411640 | Channel View Books, December 15, 2010, cover price $149.95

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9781845411633 | 1 edition (Channel View Books, December 15, 2010), cover price $49.95

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Product Description: Why do people go to zoos? Is the role of zoos to entertain or to educate? In this provocative book, the authors demonstrate that zoos tell us as much about humans as they do about animals and suggest that while animals may not need zoos, urban societies seem to...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780252024573 | 2 sub edition (Univ of Illinois Pr, January 1, 1999), cover price $18.95 | About this edition: Why do people go to zoos?
9780297792222 | Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd, June 1, 1988, cover price $27.50

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9780252067624 | 2 edition (Univ of Illinois Pr, November 1, 1998), cover price $25.50

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Product Description: A caged animal in the heart of the city, thousands of miles from its natural habitat, neurotically pacing in its confinement . . . Zoos offer a convenient way to indulge a cultural appetite for novelty and diversion, and to teach us, albeit superficially, about animals...read more

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9780814756027 | New York Univ Pr, March 1, 1998, cover price $70.00

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9780814756034 | New York Univ Pr, March 1, 1998, cover price $23.00 | About this edition: A caged animal in the heart of the city, thousands of miles from its natural habitat, neurotically pacing in its confinement .

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