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Anthrozoology: Human-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals

Geoff Hosey and Vicky Melfi


Anthrozoology, the study of human–animal interactions (HAIs), has experienced substantial growth during the past twenty years and it is now timely to synthesise what we know from empirical evidence about our relationships with both domesticated and wild animals. Two principal points of focus have become apparent in much of this research. One is the realisation that the strength of these attachments not only has emotional benefits for people, but confers health benefits as well, such that a whole area has opened up of using companion animals for therapeutic purposes. The other is the recognitio ... More

Keywords: Human–animal studies, human–animal relationships, human–animal interactions, human–animal bonds, animal behaviour, animal welfare, companion animals, laboratory animals, agricultural animals, zoos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Hosey, editor
Formerly Principal Lecturer in Biology, University of Bolton, UK

Vicky Melfi, editor
Principal Lecturer: Human-Animal Interactions, Hartpury University Centre, Hartpury College, Gloucester, UK

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