Living with Herds

Living with Herds Domestic animals have lived with humans for thousands of years and remain essential to the everyday lives of people throughout the world In this book Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domes

  • Title: Living with Herds
  • Author: Natasha Fijn
  • ISBN: 9781107000902
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Living with Herds

    Domestic animals have lived with humans for thousands of years and remain essential to the everyday lives of people throughout the world In this book, Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domestication in a study that blends biological and social anthropology, ethology, and ethnography She examines the social behavior of humans and animals in a contemporary MongolDomestic animals have lived with humans for thousands of years and remain essential to the everyday lives of people throughout the world In this book, Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domestication in a study that blends biological and social anthropology, ethology, and ethnography She examines the social behavior of humans and animals in a contemporary Mongolian herding society After living with Mongolian herding families, Dr Fijn has observed through firsthand experience both sides of the human animal relationship Examining their reciprocal social behavior and communication with one another, she demonstrates how herd animals influence Mongolian herders lives and how the animals themselves are active partners in the domestication process.

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    1. Lee Broderick

      The ethnographic literature of Altaic peoples published in the English language is still a comparatively light body of work. Until recently, the only monograph published thus far on the subject since the fall of communism and the opening up of the area to Western researchers was Vitebsky’s largely personal account of his time living among the Eveny. This was a wanted addition to the libraries of many scholars working in the area but, written for a popular rather than an academic audience, it g [...]

    2. Bryn Hammond

      Too often I have seen the assumption that Mongolians, or historical Mongols, behave with their livestock, think of their livestock, more or less as people do in the West. Not so. There is a radical difference. As Fijn tells us, Western attitudes, whether we've forgotten or not, were determined by the Old Testament (even into the age of science). While Mongolians were and remain animists. An animal, though he be a food animal, isn't a commodity to a Mongolian, or a Mongol by extension. Nor is the [...]

    3. Taylor

      Read this for a class (two actually)!Fijn is a very detailed and professional writer, making this a very thorough representation of pastoral life in Mongolia. She does not allow her own emotions to bog down the text too much, making this less like certain other multi-species ethnography texts that I have read before (primarily the Bone-Eaters text).

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